New Delhi: When Narendra Modi-led BJP government launched the Digital India scheme on July 1, 2015 with much fanfare, critics and naysayers listed out its numerous disadvantages & challenges of implementing it in a nation with high illiteracy rate. Political opponents also lashed out at Modi government and accused it of ‘harassing’ the common man and ‘favoring’ big business houses by rolling out such scheme.
Despite all the criticism, the government persisted with digital push & technical innovation and in just few years, the outcome is for everyone to see. Today, the world is recognizing the fast ‘transition & transformation’ of the country under the Digital India initiative.
Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a senior minister in Singapore government, heaped praise on Digital India initiative and hailed the Modi government for making a remarkable achievement in such a short period.
Sharing the Minister’s video, BJP national secretary Satya Kumar called this a reality check for those doubted PM Modi’s Digital India.
“While Opposition leaders like Chidambaram mocked UPI, Singapore minister is showering praise on Digital India,” he tweeted.
When opposition leader like Chidambaram were busy mocking UPI, Senior Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam said, “On a global scale, no financial innovation has achieved with such speed & on such scale.”
A reality check for those who doubted PM Modi’s Digital India! pic.twitter.com/zHeO4QjC2f
— Y. Satya Kumar (@satyakumar_y) July 16, 2022
Making a speech at an Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav event, the Singapore minister called this an immense achievement for a country with 29 different states with different democratically elected governments.
He termed the roll out of Aadhar Numbers & Unified Payments Interface (UPI) a remarkable achievement for India as no country has achieved this feat at such a brisk pace.
“Today, everyone can make digital payment. No financial innovation has achieved with such speed & on such scale at global scale,” the Singapore minister said.
About Digital India
This year, the government observed its 7th anniversary of Digital India. The project is a flagship program of the government which aims at transforming the country via digitally empowered society & knowledge economy.
The project, aims at connecting more than 2.6 lakh gram panchayats in the country with an optical fibre network. And, till March 2022, a substantial figure has been achieved. More than 1.72 lakh gram panchayats have been connected and are service-ready.