Government to create 1 lakh digital villages in 5 years: Piyush Goyal

Presenting the concept in the interim Budget, the finance minister said that the government has set an aim of buidling 1 lakh digital villages in the next 5 years.

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The finance minister said that India has made significant progress in delivery of mobile data services and that the cost of data and voice calls in India is now possibly the lowest in the world.
The interim finance minister announced plans to digitise over one lakh villages and focus on artificial intelligence as well as transform the country into a hub for smartphone and electric vehicle manufacturing.

Piyush Goyal said that the country’s digital infrastructure and economy by 2030 will be built on the work done in digitisation of government processes and private transactions. As part of this move, the government plans to make one lakh villages Digital Villages over the next five years with the help of Common Service Centres (CSCs), a public-private initiative that offers digital services to villagers.

“Today, under Make in India, mobile and parts manufacturing companies have increased to more than 268 providing huge job opportunities,” he said.


India’s three lakh CSCs employ about 12 lakh people and are digitally delivering several services to citizens. The CSCs are expanding their services and creating digital infrastructure in the villages, including connectivity, to convert the villages into “digital” villages. The government has also mooted a national programme on ‘artificial intelligence’ and will set up a National Centre on Artificial Intelligence as a hub along with Centres of Excellence. Nine priority areas have been identified.

It also plans to use technology for efficient direct tax administration as well as use RFID technology to improve export logistics.
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