During the launch of 5G services in India on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that since even the country’s poorest people have always stepped forward to adopt new technologies, technology has truly become democratic in its truest sense.
In his view, and that of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, this is a significant milestone. “Talking about Digital India, some people think that this is just a government scheme. But Digital India is not just a name, it is a big vision for the country’s development,” PM Modi made this statement when introducing 5G services and addressing the 6th India Mobile Congress at Pragati Maidan in Delhi.
The objective of this vision, according to PM Modi, is to make technology that benefits the general public and collaborates with it accessible to them. In his words, “I have seen even the poor of the country always come forward to adopt new technologies… Technology has become democratic in its truest sense,” he stated. Modi added that there was a time when a small number of wealthy individuals questioned the benefits of digital technology for the underprivileged.
“Many people made fun of my vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat…a handful of elite people used to think digital is not for the poor. Go see what political leaders used to say in Parliament. But I had the conviction in the inquisitiveness of the common public,” PM Modi said.
He continued, “I have always had faith in the understanding of the country’s common man, his conscience, and his curious mind.” PM Modi urged everyone to observe his transparency. According to the prime minister, fewer people are using the internet in countryside than in cities. PM Modi also recalled a time when, as Gujarat’s chief minister, he went to an event in a remote village and was shocked to discover tribal women using their cellphones to take pictures.
“I was so surprised. I went to them and asked them what they will do with these photos. They said, ‘download karenge’. They knew the word ‘download’,” PM Modi recounted. According to PM Modi, there were only two mobile manufacturing facilities in India in 2014, but there are now more than 200. “Internet users now consume 14GB per month. This used to cost Rs 4,200 per month in 2014. But now it costs somewhere between Rs 125 to Rs 150,” PM Modi stated.