Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the Digital India Week 2022 in Gandhinagar yesterday. The theme of Digital India is ‘Catalyzing New India’s Techade’. During the programme, Mr Modi also launched multiple digital initiatives aimed at enhancing the accessibility of technology, streamlining service delivery to ensure ease of living and giving a boost to startups. Mr Modi also announced the first cohort of 30 Institutions to be supported under the Chips to Startup (C2S) Programme. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the programme gives a glimpse of continuously modernizing India in the 21st century. Through Digital India, India has exemplified how revolutionary the correct use of technology is for the growth of humanity. The Prime Minister said “With the passage of time, the country which does not adopt modern technology, time moves ahead leaving it behind. India was a victim of this during the Third Industrial Revolution. But today we can proudly say that India is guiding the world in the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, he said. Mr Modi said, Digital India has brought the government to the doorsteps and phones of the citizens. The Prime Minister said that from the situation of lines for birth certificate, bill payment, ration, admissions, result and banks, India has removed all these lines by getting online. He said, so many services like life certificates, reservations, banking etc have become accessible, fast and affordable. Similarly, through technology, under Direct Benefit Transfer, more than 23 lakh crore rupees have been directly transferred in the accounts of the beneficiaries, in the last 8 years.”Due to this technology, 2 lakh 23 thousand crore rupees of the country have been saved from falling into the wrong hands. Mr Modi said more than 1.25 lakh Common Service Centres and Grameen Stores are now taking e-commerce to rural India. Similarly, property documents for rural properties are being provided by use of technology, he said.