Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with lakhs of beneficiaries of his ambitious Digital India scheme from across India. PM Modi said the network of about three lakh Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of digital services, have bolstered employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, thus empowering citizens.
"We ensured that the advantages of technology are not restricted to a select few but are there for all sections of society. We strengthened the network of CSCs," PM Modi said while interacting with people via video conferencing on NaMo app.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that Digital India initiative is a war against touts and middlemen, helping check blackmoney and black marketing while creating immense job opportunities in small towns and rural areas.
PM Modi said people made fun of him when he first spoke of digital payments in the country where people were used to stashing money underneath the pillow and ration could not be availed without middlemen.
WATCH: PM Modi interacts with Digital India beneficiaries
Highlights of PM Modi's interaction:
10:30 am: Along with digital empowerment, we also want technology to boost creativity: PM Modi.
10:25 am: Due to Digital India, the BPO sector is changing. Earlier, it was only about bigger cities but now things are different. The India BPO promotion scheme and a separate BPO promotion scheme for the Northeast is creating new opportunities relating to the sector: PM Modi.
10:18 am: The movement towards more digital payments is linked to eliminating middlemen, says PM Modi.
10:10 am: Due to CSCs and technology, I am working on tele-medicines. It is wonderful to help others in need: Alwar resident Snehlata in tells PM Modi.
10:02 am: I had no employment but thanks to CSC, I got work opportunities. People in my village, especially the elderly and students are most happy with CSCs: A youngster from Gondia in Maharashtra tells PM Modi.
10:01 am: I learnt how to use the BHIMApp, which made my life easy: Meenu from Haryana's Yamuna Nagar tells PM Modi.
10:00 am: At my Centre, a wide range of Government and other services like banking, insurance and pension related issues can be availed. At the same time, I am ensuring more women get access to medical services, they can call doctors: Misbah Hashmi tells PM Modi.
09:58 am: I am associated with a CSC. I have seen how this works and it has given me a new identity. I will always pray for your long life for the good work you have done: Misbah Hashmi from Yamuna Nagar tells PM Modi.
We launched Digital India with a very simple focus- to ensure more people can benefit from the joys of technology, especially in rural areas: PM Modi interacting with beneficiaries of the various Digital India programs. pic.twitter.com/DEcmfEMJpY— ANI (@ANI) June 15, 2018
09:57 am: I noticed that in our village, digital literacy is rising due to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. Earlier the elderly were inconvenienced but now pension related issues are solved through technology: Jitender Solanki from Gautam Budh Nagar tells PM Narendra Modi
09:55 am: In the last 3 years, I have 15 computers. Due to Digital India, my village has got internet access. Due to this children are availing of online coaching facilities. Mine is a digital village: Jitender Solanki from Gautam Budh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh tells PM Narendra Modi
09:50 am: The Digital India initiative is creating a group of village level entrepreneurs: PM Modi.
09:45 am: Due to technology railway tickets can be booked online, bills can be paid online...all this brings great convenience. We ensured that the advantages of technology are not restricted to a select few but to are there for all sections of society. We strengthened network of CSCs: PM Modi.
09:40 am: We launched Digital India with a very simple focus - to ensure more people can benefit from the joys of technology, especially in rural areas, says PM Modi.
Launched in July 2015, the Digital India programme aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered nation. In 2014, the government had approved the Digital India programme comprising various projects worth over Rs 1,00,000 crore to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.
The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology.