The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today approved the expansion of the Digital India programme. The total outlay is ₹14,903 crores. As per the Programme, digital document verification facility under DigiLocker will be available to MSMEs and other organisations. Further, 1,200 startups will be supported in Tier 2/3 cities.
Other features of the Programme include:
- 6.25 lakh IT professionals will be re-skilled and up-skilled under the FutureSkills Prime Programme; 2.65 lakh persons will be trained in information security under the Information Security & Education Awareness Phase (ISEA) Programme.
- 540 additional services will be available under the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) app/ platform. At present over 1,700 services are already available on UMANG.
- 3 Centres of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence on health, agriculture and sustainable cities will be set up.
- New initiatives in the area of cyber security including development of tools and integration of more than 200 sites with the National Cyber Coordination Centre.
The Digital India programme was launched on 1st July, 2015 to enable digital delivery of services to citizens.