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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a firm believer in the power of technology. An avid user of technology himself, Mr. Modi views technology as something that is easy, effective and economical, combining speed, simplicity and service. It makes work quicker, simplifies processes as well as systems and it is a brilliant way to serve the people. Mr. Modi is of the firm belief that technology is the best means to empower the less empowered and to make governance more transparent.

Since taking office in May 2014 the Prime Minister has sought to increase the usage of technology in the working of the Government. He launched the Digital India initiative, an all-encompassing programme, to invigorate the working of the government with latest technology and provide solutions to people’s problems through the power of technology. The Prime Minister has started a unique initiative PRAGATI a technology based multi-purpose and multi-nodal platform where projects are monitored and people’s problems are addressed. On the last Wednesday of every month, the Prime Minister himself sits down with top officials during the PRAGATI sessions and covers substantial ground in a wide range of sectors. This has made a very positive difference.

The Government of India is scaling up its technological usage to provide better health and education facilities to the people of India. Crores of Indian farmers have been receiving agriculture related information through SMS. The Cabinet cleared the Scheme of Promotion of National Agriculture Market through Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund. Regulated markets across India will be integrated with common e-platform. Farmers & traders can thus get opportunities to purchase & sell agricultural commodities at optimal prices in a transparent manner.

In July 2014 the Prime Minister launched MyGov, a portal that uses the Internet to make the citizen a key part of governance and policy making. On MyGov various ministries and departments seek inputs on areas pertaining to their work. The Prime Minister has used MyGov time and again, be it for his monthly radio programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’ or other occasions.

During his USA visit in September 2015 Shri Modi visited Silicon Valley, where he met several leading technology CEOs. He visited the Facebook HQ and joined a widely viewed Townhall Q&A session during which he answered questions on diverse range of issues. He also visited the Google office where he was shown the technological innovations being done there. At a Digital India dinner that was attended by the leading stalwarts of the technology world, he listed out the Government’s vision of a Digital India. The Tech CEOs, from Satya Nadella to Sundar Pichai lauded the efforts of the Government to create a digitally empowered society in India. During the visit Shri Modi met start-up entrepreneurs, who are using technology in a major way. Mr. Elon Musk also gave him a tour of Tesla Motors. Mr. Modi and Mr. Musk discussed how technology can aid development, particularly in rural areas and in agriculture.

The Prime Minister has held wide deliberations on technological cooperation whenever he travels overseas. During the India-Africa Summit, the Prime Minister listed ways through which India will help Africa in the field of technology.

On the personal side as well, those who know Mr. Modi will recall his love for technology. He is one of the most active world leaders on social media with a digital presence spanning across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. He has used social media to engage with people and seek inputs from them. He has used social media to make a positive difference, be it by asking people to share selfies with their daughters or by requesting people to share their glimpses of Incredible India.

Mr. Modi is also placing great emphasis on m-governance or mobile governance. He has his own Mobile App, the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ that is available on Apple and Android phones. Through the App you can receive latest news, updates and connect with Mr. Modi.

Thus, Mr. Modi is working tirelessly and determinately to create an India where 1.25 billion Indians are connected with technology and engage in technology-driven innovation. He is working to connect India through digital highways and to make the netizen an empowered citizen.

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Taking India’s global standing to new heights!
April 23, 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken India’s global standing to newer heights with the world applauding his transformational leadership. He has been conferred several highest awards by many nations and organisations.

Order of St Andrew the Apostle: April 2019

Recently, PM Narendra Modi received the highest order of the Russian Federation “for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples."

Order of Zayed Award: April 2019

PM Narendra Modi was conferred the highest civil award of the U.A.E. in April 2019 for providing exceptional leadership in forging a new strategic relationship between India and UAE.
The award acknowledges that PM Modi is working for everyone in a diverse country having people with different religions, languages and cultures.

Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

For contributions to the growth of the Indian and global economies, PM Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize in October 2018.
The Seoul Peace Prize committee lauded Modinomics for reducing social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. It also praised PM Modi's initiatives to make the government cleaner through anti-corruption measures.

It credited the Prime Minister for his contribution towards regional and global peace under the 'Modi Doctrine' and the 'Act East Policy'.
Prime Minister Modi received the award in person during his visit to Republic of South Korea in February 2019.
Seoul Peace Prize 2018 - October 2018

 

UNEP Champions of the Earth Award - September 2018

United Nations' highest environmental honour, the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award is bestowed on the world's greatest change agents.
For his pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in India by 2022, PM Narendra Modi was conferred with the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award in September last year.

 

Grand Collar of the State of Palestine - February 2018

The Grand Collar of the State of Palestine is the highest order of Palestine given to foreign dignitaries.
In recognition of PM Modi’s wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India, he was conferred with the award during his visit to Palestine in February last year.

 

Amir Amanullah Khan Award - June 2016

The highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award was bestowed on PM Narendra Modi by the Afghanistan government in June 2016.

PM Narendra Modi was awarded the honour following the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam.

King Abdulaziz Sash Award - April 2016

In a special gesture, PM Narendra Modi was conferred the King Abdulaziz Sash Award in April 2016. This is Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour.
Named after Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Saudi state, the Prime Minister was conferred the prestigious award by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.