The government is trying to create a $1 trillion digital economy in the country in the next few years. This will generate jobs for 50-75 lakh people, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. File photo: Mint
The government is trying to create a $1 trillion digital economy in the country in the next few years. This will generate jobs for 50-75 lakh people, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. File photo: Mint

Centre, states hold discussions to develop framework for encouraging digital use in various sectors

Digitizing land transactions, maximizing the use of digital locker, electronics-based primary healthcare, use of precision technology to double farm income and easy access to Internet were some of the key issues discussed at the meeting

New Delhi: With the aim of taking the digital economy to the $1 trillion mark by 2025, the IT ministry on Tuesday held consultations with state representatives to plan a framework for encouraging digital use in various sectors along with promotion of cashless payments.

Digitizing land transactions, maximizing the use of digital locker, electronics-based primary health care, promotion of digital platform to connect job seekers with job finders, use of precision technology to double farm income and easy access to Internet were some of the key issues discussed at the meeting, said a person familiar with the development.

Around 30 themes had been identified for the consultations. The views of all representatives will be taken into account and strategies will be worked upon and framed, to be implemented in a collaborative manner, the person said.

Focus on data to visualize resources and opportunities, creating platforms to monitor implementation at the state level and providing credit facility to enterprises based on their credit scores were also discussed at the meeting.

The states have also been advised to focus on cyber security and to set up security operations centres with trained personnel, the person added.

“Over the last three-and-a-half years of its implementation, the Digital India programme of the government has shown excellent results in creation of digital infrastructure, access to e-governance and skill generation," said IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the conclave of state IT ministers on Tuesday.

“We are trying to create a $1 trillion digital economy in the country in the next few years. This will generate jobs for 50-75 lakh people," Prasad said.

During the conclave, Prasad also asked state governments to ensure that no one is denied any benefit for want of Aadhaar.

There are more than 1.2 billion Aadhaar number holders in the country. However, around 140 million people are yet to be registered. These people are mainly from north-eastern states, Jammu and Kashmir and from the 0-5 age group, data from the IT ministry shows.

On Saturday, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had asked various government departments, state governments and ministries to ensure that no essential service or benefit such as medical treatment, school admission or ration through public distribution system should be denied to a genuine beneficiary for want of Aadhaar.

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