36th edition of India International Trade Fair (IITF), one of the biggest fair held in India, will have ‘Digital India’ as its theme this year.
This will be for the second time that the fair, which is annually held between November 14 and November 27, will have a theme based on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects. The theme for last year (35th edition) was ‘Make in India’.
According to sources from the government, the theme pavilion would be developed in hall number one in Pragati Maidan, and communication has been sent to all State Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of Line ministries for showcasing Digital India initiatives.
“There will be industry interaction via seminars, panel discussion and tech-talks during at the event. Success stories of grass root level contributors/ achievers of Digital India movement, especially by women and backward section of the society, will also be highlighted during the event days,” said one of the source.
There will also be games/ demonstration of services/ highlight of achievements till now and also awareness programmes like ‘Digi Swachha Abhiyaan’ – e-Waste collection and contest/ quiz on social media, said an official.
“With around 1.50 lakh footfalls expected per day during this 14-day event, the government wants to showcase the meaning and impact of DI on women, students, dalits, farmers, employment and many others to be woven into a story,” said one source.
Digital India is one of the biggest programmes of the Modi government and has achieved manifold successes in each project under DI such as Mera Aadhaar, Meri Sarkar (MyGov) and Mera Digital Locker.
For example, there have been 103 crore Indians enrolled with Aadhaar number, more than 35 lakh are using MyGov to assist government and more than 20 lakh people have stored and shared two or more documents through ‘Digital Locker’.
“When I see IT products for common people like e-scholarship, e-hospital and Jeevan Praman, I get personal satisfaction and Digital India on an automatic role,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of IT and Law, told BusinessLine saying he appreciates the people involved in these projects.