03 Feb Union Budget 2018 – in Support of Digital India
The allocation for the Digital India scheme will be doubled to Rs 3073 crore. The Budget which held a number of benefits for farmers, healthcare benefits for the poor, also prioritized Digital India.
Jaitley’s budget indicated that India aims to be at par with global standards in terms of digitization and technology by improving the reach of broadband access, and pushing for 5G technology.
Here are some of the highlights for digital India:
5 lakh WiFi HotSpots will be set up to provide Broadband access to 5 crore rural citizens, at the cost of Rs 10,000 cr.
All trains to be progressively provided with WiFi, CCTV and other state-of-the-art amenities.
Government will take measures to stop cryptocurrency circulation, as it is not considered legal tender.
The telecom department (DoT) along with IIT Madras will support a 5G technologies test bed.
Government aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2019 under Bharat Net project.