Minister of State for Communications Shri Devusinh Chauhan said that a better digital future can only be built on ubiquitous digital infrastructure, developing digital platforms to deliver government services to every citizen and ensuring access to digital services for all. He spoke at the Ministerial Round Table, which is part of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania. The theme of the conference is “Building Better Digital Future”.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Devusinh Chauhan highlighted the integrated approach of the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to facilitate a better and inclusive digital future. He said we ticked all the necessary boxes. Citing examples of the government’s commitment to building telecom infrastructure, the MOS said the Indian government has created a plan to extend mobile services to all 6,40,000 villages in the country by 2023 and optical fiber by 2025.
A successful 5G spectrum auction that attracted investments of 1 .5 million crores, indicates a very enthusiastic response from the industry. It is a result of citizen and industry oriented public policies and also an indicator of their positive outlook for India’s future. Shri Chauhan highlighted the success of Digital India Initiative undertaken by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He cited the success of Aadhar and Aadhar Enabled Payment System (AEPS). The noble house was informed that 400 million AEPS transactions take place every day, which is a great example of financial inclusion through the development of digital infrastructure.
He also mentioned that India has set up 5,70,000 Common Service Centers in remote and rural areas to provide various Government-to-Citizen (G2C) services and other citizen-oriented e-services. He said that India is ready to share its best practices with the world. Shri Devusinh Chauhan also sought the support of member countries for the re-election of India to the ITU Council and also for the election of Smt. M Revathi as a member of the Radio Regulatory Board.
Later, the Minister of State for Communications also addressed the heads of the Common Wealth Telcom Organization. He said that the massive penetration of ICT in all aspects of life is leading to multi-dimensional changes in India. These initiatives have been taken in line with the ‘Antyodaya’ philosophy of the Government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. We are committed to uplifting those at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid, and telecommunications play a key role here.
He also mentioned that India has been contributing to the ITU goals since 1869 and will take all steps to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. He said that we believe in the principle of “Vasudheva Kutumbkam” and therefore work for the welfare of all mankind. Offered Indian expertise in bridging the digital divide to CTO countries. Shri Chauhan called for further cooperation between CTO countries.