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Union government will set up one lakh digital villages in the country in the next few years

Newdelhi:21/10/19:Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that the government will set up one lakh digital villages in the country in the next few years. Speaking at the MeitY Start-Up Summit 2019 in New Delhi, Mr Prasad appealed to the concerned stakeholders to patronize and mentor these digital villages in their own way. He said these villages will be the centres for promoting entrepreneurship.

The Minister also stressed on the need for digital mapping of all enterprise and entrepreneurship happening in the far corner of the country.

Mr Prasad said start-up is the finest product of New India as to how the New India is changing. The Minister spoke about various initiatives including bringing of software product policy, electronic policy and digital communication policy in this regard.

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The Minister said he wants digital India to become a platform for transforming rural India and to create aspirations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Mr Prasad also stressed the need for encouraging social start-ups.

On this occasion, Mr Prasad also launched MeitY Starting Hub- MSH and BHIM 2.0 and Indian Software Product Registry. The MSH has been envisioned as an overarching collaborative platform to act as national coordination facilitation and inter-connected centre for all activities in the tech start-up ecosystem.

Mr Prasad gave awards to outstanding women entrepreneurs in various categories and also presented Fintech and Digital Payment Awards to banks.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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