How Modi Takes His 'Digital India' Vision To Silicon Valley

by CXOtoday News Desk    Sep 28, 2015


Top CEOs of global IT companies have endorsed India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ program, describing it as a vision that would bring India technologically at par with the rest of the world. At his recent visit with top tech executives in the Silicon Valley, Narendra Modi said, “‘Digital India’ is an enterprise to transform India in a scale unmatched anywhere in the world and it has the potential to make development truly inclusive.”

The first Indian Prime Minister to visit Silicon Valley in more than three decades, Modi his government wants paperless transactions.”We would set up digital locker for every citizen to share documents across departments…

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After, we have just launched the Narendra Modi Mobile App. They are helping me stay in close touch with people. I want our 1.25 billion citizens to be digitally connected,” PTI reports the PM’s speech addressing the massive crowd and the tech titans in the US. 

Google: Driving technology forward

“India will play a big part in driving technology forward in the future,” said Google CEO Sunder Pichai. He applauded PM Narendra Modi for accelerating India’s effort to become the next global hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurship. Driving technology forward would really improve people’s lives in India and all around the world, Pichai said.

“I am not just excited because I grew up in India, I am excited because I deeply care about technology and know that India will play a big part in its future,” he said, adding that a lot of that is becoming possible because Modi is driving it forward.

Microsoft: Taking IT to 5 lakh villages

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said his company will take low-cost broadband technology to some five lakh villages across the country. Nadella said Microsoft’s plan is to partner with the Indian government to bring in low-cost broadband connectivity to 500,000 villages in India. “We believe that lost-cost broadband connectivity coupled with the scale of cloud computing intelligence that can be harnessed from data can help drive creativity, efficiency and productivity across governments and businesses of all sizes,” he said.

Apple: Setting up manufacturing base in India

Modi has invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India post his meeting with  CEO Tim Cook. “The Prime Minister said he would like Apple to start manufacturing in India. He mentioned the huge opportunities India offered,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman Vikas Swarup told PTI.

Foxconn, which is Apple’s largest manufacture, has decided to set up a manufacturing base in India, he noted. “Cook responded positively. I think India does fits into his long term plans. He particularly was interested in the whole App development economy, which he said could be a very important factor for entrepreneurship where individual app developers can just become part of the app universe,” he said.

“Social media had also changed the nature and face of diplomacy,” PM Modi said to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when discussing the vision for Digital India and furthering the initiative forward.

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The PM said that he sees technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity. Recognizing that a Digital India could not be built without bridging the digital divide, he listed out the measures taken by his government to bridge this digital divide.

“From large corporates to young professionals in this great center of innovation, each can be part of India story. Building upon that vision, we conceive of Digital India, to fundamentally transform the way our nation will work,” he said.