Digital Economy Budget 2018-2019 Summary

Digital Economy

The Finance Minister said that NITI Aayog will initiate a national program to direct
efforts in artificial intelligence.
Department of Science & Technology will launch a Mission on Cyber Physical Systems
to support establishment of centres of excellence for research, training and skilling in robotics,
artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, big data analysis, quantum communication and
internet of things. The Budget doubled the allocation on Digital India programme to Rs 3073
crore in 2018-19.

To further Broadband access in villages, the Government proposes to set up five lakh wifi
hotspots to provide net connectivity to five crore rural citizens. The Finance Minister allocated
Rs. 10000 crore in 2018-19 for creation and augmentation of Telecom infrastructure.

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