- Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Wipro Chairman Azim Premji will be among 400 corporate leaders who will attend the launch of the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ initiative on July 1.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch the logo for the Rs 1.13 lakh crore project using a laser beam in front of an audience of about 10,000 people.
- A number of MoU’s for investment proposals will also be signed on that day, the official said.
- Modi is expected to launch e-education, ehealth and telemedicine services under the Digital India initiative.
- As part of e-health, people will be able to schedule appointments online for OPDs as well as diagnostic tests across five government hospitals including All India Institute of Medical Sciences and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.
- Modi will also launch a digital locker facility that will help citizens to store documents such as their PAN card, passport, marks sheets and degree certificates.
- The communications and IT ministry under Ravi Shankar Prasad is the nodal agency for the implementation of Modi’s pet project, which is aimed at digitally connecting 100 crore people across the country in the next five years and delivering social and economic services digitally to them.
- The Prime Minister is also expected to launch Wi-Fi services at 50 tourist sites, including Konark and Hampi on the same day.
- The inauguration comes in the wake of the government rolling out the National Optical Fibre Network across 20,000 village panchayats.
- The government has set a target of widening the network to all 2.5 lakh panchayats by the end of 2016.
- The government is hopeful of retailing broadband services on the network at less than Rs 150 per month in poorer states and at about Rs 250 per month in the more economically advanced states.
- The broadband service will have a minimum speed of 2 Mbps going up to 20 Mbps for all households and on-demand capacity to all institutions.