Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed the gathering at the Republic TV's Achievers Awards on Monday highlighting the achievements of Rising India. In his address, he spoke about India's development and accomplishments in the digital age.
"A lot of civil society activists are changing India in a big social way by their intervention in the fields of education, healthcare. I met people of Patna who got the benefit of Ayushman Bharat. It is very important that we recognize, appreciate and respect those achievers in the field of trade, commerce who are creating a better India - where commitment is there and a vision is unfolding for a better India. This is the age of technology, information and communication as power," he said.
Further speaking about the digital profile of India, he said, "Population of India is - 130 crore, mobile phones - 110 crore, smartphones - 50 crore, Aadhar - 122 crores - this is the digital identity of India. Today the biggest fascination in rural India is to have a smartphone. This is an aspiration India - looking to the future with hope."
Ravi Shankar Prasad later spoke about the need to recognize the people who are creating opportunities for a 'better India'.
"Those who are creating opportunities needs to be recognized. Create 'Hope in India'. Criticize, condemn, ask questions - uncomfortable questions, those who are corrupt, accountable seek accounts from them and those who are creating opportunities, give them hope. I think that's what India's heritage, present & future is," he added.
As the Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad has been spearheading the 'Digital India' program in India since May 2014.