MeitY Expenditure Under Digital India At Rs 3,328 Crore In 2018-19

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  • 123 crores (as on June 24, 2019) residents have been provided with biometric-based digital identity as compared to 61 crores in 2013-14
  • Digital payment transactions have grown multi-fold from 316 crore transactions in 2014-15 to 2,182 crore transactions in 2018-19
  • 201 applications with proposed investment of about Rs 52,083 crore have been approved, while 20 applications with proposed investments of about Rs 5,048 crore have been recommended by the Appraisal Committee for approval

The electronics and IT ministry’s expenditure under the Digital India program more than doubled to over Rs 3,328 crore in FY2018-19 from the previous fiscal, Parliament was informed Thursday.

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The expenditure by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) under Digital India program was Rs 1,452.70 crore (FY2015-16), Rs 1,217.65 crore (FY2016-17), Rs 1,407.19 crore (FY2017-18) and Rs 3,328.57 crore (FY2018-19), Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

Each project has its own budgetary requirement and accordingly, project-plan has been charted out by the implementing Ministry/departments and budget details are being maintained by concerned ministries/departments and states/union territories, the minister said. 

Prasad said under the Digital India programme, the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has effectively utilised digital technologies to transform the lives of people, while ensuring digital inclusion of all the segments. 

He pointed out that 123 crores (as on June 24, 2019) residents have been provided with biometric-based digital identity as compared to 61 crores in 2013-14. 

Also, digital payment transactions have grown multi-fold from 316 crore transactions in 2014-15 to 2,182 crore transactions in 2018-19. 

Prasad said under the Modified Special Incentive Package (M-SIPS), 201 applications with proposed investment of about Rs 52,083 crore have been approved, while 20 applications with proposed investments of about Rs 5,048 crore have been recommended by the Appraisal Committee for approval. 

(News courtesy: PTI)

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