Union Budget 2014: FM Arun Jaitley allocates Rs 500 crore for a Digital India

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At the ongoing Union Budget 2014 speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced the e-Kranti scheme. This scheme essentially allocates Rs 500 crore for National Rural Internet and Technology Mission.

As a part of e-Kranti, the government wants to expand the reach of broadband connection to the rural areas in India. The party manifest released earlier this year read, “BJP aims to nurture a Digital India — making every household and every individual digitally empowered.”

The key initiatives of this scheme include making government records easily accessible, deployment of broadband in every village and generate IT-based jobs in rural and semi-urban areas. The scheme will also promote telemedicine and mobile in rural areas, use of IT for agriculture, retail trade and SMEs and rural entrepreneurs.