Ravi Shankar Prasad


India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | TECHNOLOGY - —Uday Mahurkar

HE’S PROB­A­BLY THE MOST en­thu­si­as­tic of PM Modi’s min­is­ters. Spear­head­ing the flag­ship Dig­i­tal In­dia Mis­sion, there’s been no stop­ping the man— link­ing Aadhaar to in­di­vid­ual bank ac­counts, or de­ploy­ing UID for di­rect trans­fer of sub­si­dies, or con­nect­ing a third of In­dia’s 225,000 vil­lages via broad­band—all done in three dizzy­ing years. A mind­bog­gling 78,000 km of op­tic fi­bre ca­bling is what it took to link the vil­lages and al­low for di­rect pay­ment of sub­si­dies, sav­ing an es­ti­mated Rs 50,000 crore an­nu­ally by plug­ging cor­rup­tion. Dig­i­tal in­no­va­tion con­sul­tant De­b­jani Ghosh, ev­i­dently an ad­mirer, says “Prasad is skill­fully build­ing the ecosys­tem for Dig­i­tal In­dia with stub­born mo­ti­va­tion.” In his other port­fo­lio, Prasad is push­ing for prompter jus­tice by speed­ing up the ap­point­ment of judges. The min­istry has also set up a free le­gal aid por­tal as an in­ter­face be­tween poor lit­i­gants and so­cially con­scious lawyers. In ad­di­tion, his min­istry launched the Nyaya Mi­tra Scheme al­low­ing for hir­ing of re­tired ju­di­cial of­fi­cers in dis­trict courts with large num­bers of pend­ing cases.

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