Digital India has the potential to provide 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025: K.J. Alphons

Government’s Digital India program has the potential to provide an incremental 20-30% increase in India’s GDP by 2025, according to K.J. Alphons, Minister of State, Ministry of Electronics and IT.

At an ASSOCHAM event, Alphons said that several applications and services that have been developed and have seen significant adoption. The cloud storage service, DigiLocker, is now being used by four million users, he added.

The program that was launched in July 2015 has seen several of the flagship projects under it moving from the planning phase to the execution phase.

Alphons said that the MyGov application which provides a platform for citizens to interact with the government is used by over one million users to interact with the government. “IT never reached ordinary people, Digital India biggest revolution happening in world,” he added.

Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT said that the department is working on new policy, which will further spur electronics manufacturing. “We are also coming out with cyber security product procurement policy, which will give preference to domestic industry,” he added.

“We are working to create Data Protection Act which will provide huge impetus to digital economy,” said Kumar. He further said that a Rs 12,500 crore opportunity is being opened for locker service providers and the Model RFQ being created for procurements of IT products.