Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian-American community at the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, Texas. The Prime Minister spoke about the US-India relationship and also spoke extensively about the reforms that India has achieved in recent years. He also spoke about the 'Digital India Campaign'. "Data is the new gold. Data is the new oil. People of Houston understand this value very well. If there is any place in India that provides the cheapest data, then that country is India," the Prime Minister said. He further stated that 1 GB data in India costs just 25-30 cents, that is one-fourth of a dollar. The world's average cost of providing the same data is 25-30% more than this.
"The cheap data has redefined governance in India. 10,000 Government services in India are available online today. There was a time when a passport would take 2-3 months to be made. Today you can avail the same passport in less than a week. India is the biggest user of America's e-visa facility. You can register a company in less than 24 hours. Fifty million people filed their income tax return online this time." the Prime Minister said.
Speaking about the reforms that India has achieved, the Prime Minister said, "We are waiting to take the nation to new heights in the 21st century. India's biggest mantra is 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas'. India's biggest strength is public participation. India's new oath is 'New India' and the Indians are working tirelessly to fulfil their dreams of 'New India' Our biggest achievement is that we are competing with ourselves. He also said, "We are challenging ourselves, we are competing with ourselves. India is challenging the mindsets of people who think that 'nothing can change. Speaking about the sanitation reforms, the PM said, "We built more than 110 million toilets and today rural sanitation is 99%. 100% of families in India are connected to banking services." In his speech, Narendra Modi also spoke about how different cultures and languages in India are its strengths. "The different languages in India reflect liberal and diverse societies," he added.