PM Modi highlights benefits of empowering citizens through Digital India

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his Digital India flagship programme empowered citizens by eliminating middlemen' and promoted 4Es - Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment.

"We launched Digital India with a very simple focus -- to ensure more people can benefit from the joys of technology, especially in rural areas," he said while interacting with beneficiaries of the flagship scheme across the country via the NaMo App. This was his fourth outreach with beneficiaries of government schemes through video conferencing. The event was streamed on social media site Facebook.

He also stated the initiative has brought in a movement towards more digital payments, thereby eliminating the concept of middlemen.

"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 they are there for all sections of society. We have strengthened the network of Computer Science Corporations (CSCs)," he said.

Modi also said the scheme has been a major tool in bringing digital transformation in rural areas, especially northeast.

"Under our North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS), we are not just providing employment to youth in cities but also in the northeast. The India BPO promotion scheme and a separate BPO promotion scheme for the northeast is creating new opportunities relating to the sector," he added.

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