Centre nods for mobility, skilling, Digital India push
The Narendra Modi-led Govt has kept infrastructure, digitalization at the front and centre of its development agenda. The Centre has made unprecedented investments in modern infrastructure in the last nine years taking the country to new heights.
The quality of a country’s infrastructure is a key determinant in shaping its economic trajectory.
Keeping its resolve for infra development, the Union Cabinet cleared seven railway projects with an estimated cost of Rs.32,500 crore, which will add 2,339 km to the existing network covering states namely Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Telangana, Odisha, and Gujarat.
Also, the expansion of the Digital India program with an outlay of Rs.14,903 crore was approved.
Under the FutureSkills Prime program, at least 6.25 lakh IT professionals will be re-skilled and up-skilled. Also, 540 additional services will be made available on the UMANG platform. Nine supercomputers will be added under the National Super Computer Mission.
Bhashini, the Artificial Intelligence-enabled multi-language translation tool (currently available in 10 languages) will be rolled out in all 22 Schedule VIII languages. Also, modernization of the National Knowledge Network which connects 1,787 education institutions, will be done.
A digital document verification facility under DigiLocker will be made available to MSMEs and other organizations. In tier II and III cities, 1,200 startups will be supported under the Digital India scheme.
The Digital India program was first launched in 2015 by the Centre and now under its ambit, 2.65 lakh people will be trained in information security under the information security and education awareness phase program.
The seven railway projects with an estimated cost of Rs.32,500 crore, including upgradation of the existing railway lines including their quadrupling and doubling, will facilitate capacity generation for movement of 120 million tonnes of extra cargo and will also help travel of migrant workers and students.
The projects will receive 100 percent funding from the Central government and connect major industrial and commercial hubs of the country.
They will help increase the existing line capacity, smoothen train operations, reduce congestion, and facilitate ease of travelling and transportation.
The details of the projects are as follows: Doubling of existing Gorakhpur Cantonment (Valmiki Nagar single line section) in Uttar Pradesh (Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushi Nagar) for 89.264 km, and Bihar (West Champaran) for 6.676 km.
Doubling of existing Guntur-Bibinagar single-line section in Andhra Pradesh (Guntur) for 1 km, and Telangana (Nalgonda, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri) for 139 km. Doubling of existing Chopan-Chunar single-line section in Uttar Pradesh (Mirzapur, Sonbhadra) for 101.58 km.
Doubling between Mudkhed-Medchal and Mahbubnagar-Dhone section in Maharashtra (Nanded) for 49.15 km, Telangana (Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Medak, Wanaparthy, Jogulamba, Medchal-Malkajgiri) for 294.82 km, and Andhra Pradesh (Mahbubnagar, Kurnool and Dhone) for 73.91 km.
Quadrupling between Samakhiali and Gandhidham in Gujarat (Kutch) for 53 km.
Third line between Nergundi-Barang and Khudra Road-Vizianagaram in Odisha (Bhadrak, Jaipur, Khordha, Cuttack, and Ganjam) for 184 km, and Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam) for 201 km.
Son Nagar-Andal multi-tracking project in Bihar (Gaya, Aurangabad) for 132.57 km, Jharkhand (Dhanbad, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Koderma) for 201.608 km, and West Bengal (Paschim Bardhman) for 40.35 km.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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