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Telecom Tech For India Not A Mode Of Power, But Mission To Empower: PM

This decade is India's tech-ade, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He inaugurated the new International Telecommunication Union (ITU) area office and innovation centre in India

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Telecom technology for India is not a mode of power, but a mission to empower, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. 

Addressing the gathering, he said that India is rapidly moving towards the next step of the digital revolution.  

The Prime Minister underlined that it will create new opportunities for India’s innovators, industries and startups. 

He also noted that this initiative will strengthen cooperation and collaboration in the IT sector of South Asian countries.

He added, "India is fulfilling its responsibilities as G20 Presidency, reducing regional divide is one of its key priorities."

PM Modi referred to the recent global south summit and underlined the importance of technology, design and standards as per the needs of the global south as it is trying to rapidly breach the technological divide. 

“ITU area office and innovation centre is a huge step in this direction and will also give momentum to India’s efforts to provide universal connectivity in the global south," he said.

The PM said that it is natural to have expectations from India in the context of bridging the global divide. 

He said that India’s capabilities, innovation culture, infrastructure, skilled and innovative manpower and its favourable policy environment are the basis of these expectations. 

“India has two key strengths - trust and scale. We can not take technology to all corners without trust and scale. The entire world is talking about India’s efforts in this direction," he said. 

He remarked that India’s efforts in this direction have become a matter of discussion all around the world. 

Highlighting the achievements, Modi informed that India is now the most connected democracy in the world with more than a hundred crore mobile connections and credited this transformation to the availability of cheap smartphones and data. 

“More than 800 crore digital payments are made every month in India through UPI," he said. He further added that more than 7 crore e-authentications take place in India every day. 

He also informed that more than 220 crore vaccine doses were administered through the Co-Win platform in India. 

In the past few years, the Prime Minister said, India has transferred more than 28 lakh crore rupees to the bank accounts of its citizens via direct benefit transfers. 

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