Mukesh D Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, today said the company will invest over Rs 250,000 crore across the Digital India pillars.
In terms of infrastructure, Reliance is rolling out an all IP wireless broadband infrastructure across all the 29 states in India.
Reliance Jio Infocomm, a pan India 4G operator, is setting up a new nationwide distribution network that will enable over a 150,000 small electronic retailers to sell and service smartphones and internet devices.
Reliance Jio is working with device manufacturers, encouraging them to make in India smartphones and internet devices at an affordable price.
“We will give them an assured offtake through our retail system. We are committed to invest and partner with central and state governments in the area of e-Governance, digital education, digital health care, smart cities and rural digital services,” said Ambani at the Digital India Week in Delhi.
Reliance Jio is also creating Digital India Start-Up Fund and entrepreneurship hubs in key cities and towns. Reliance’s Digital India investments will create employment for over 5 lakh people.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Rohatgi, APJ Sales Leader, Enterprise Security, Symantec, said that the Digital India program can empower inclusive and sustainable growth by harnessing the power of talent and technology to create the India of tomorrow.
“With initiatives such as nation-wide broadband access and digital locker linked with Aadhaar and mobile, the possibilities are endless. However, people, their information and country’s critical information infrastructure needs to be properly and adequately secured,” said Rohatgi.