Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned on Monday that disruptive technologies are fast arriving and would have a deep impact on the way we live and work. “They will require rapid adaptation in our workplaces,” he said.
“Today, India is the hotspot of digital innovation across all sectors,” he said while inaugurating the three- day World Congress on Information Technology, which is being held in the country for the first time. He inaugurated the event through a video conference.
India has the most technology-friendly population in the world and is a growing market for tech innovation, he said.
“India is best placed to leverage the power of technology and leapfrog into the future. Digital India is a journey bringing about digital inclusion for digital empowerment. Digital India has not remained merely a government initiative, but has become a way of life.”
Modi said one lakh villages are connected through a fibre optic network, over 100 crore people are using mobile phones and there are 50 crore Internet users.
Technology has transcended powerpoint presentations. “While most government initiatives depend on a government push, digital India is succeeding because of people’s pull,” he said.
He said blockchain technologies and Internet of Things would have a deep impact on people’s lives.
“Skilling citizens for the workplace of the future is important. We need to ensure that our existing workforces are able to reskill as new technologies emerge.”
Modi emphasised that India has come a long way with the convergence of “Make in India and Digital India”.
“From only two mobile factories in India in 2014, today there are 118 mobile manufacturing factories operational in India, including some of the best global brands,” he said.
The Nasscom India Leadership Forum, which is the annual flagship event of the IT-BPO trade body, also began on Monday and will run concurrently with the WCIT.