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India to embrace AI, domestic manufacturing, and digital infrastructure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Sunday that India will soon see a surge in a variety of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), a focus on domestic manufacturing, and the creation of digital public infrastructure (DPI) for the world. The prime minister also said during his address that the digital revolution—fueled by the universal payments interface (UPI) and QR-code-based payments—has emerged as the most effective tool for ending poverty and demonstrating to the world’s superpowers the potential of DPIs like Aadhaar and DigiLocker to change people’s lives.

“The largest pool of young talent that is coming up with creative ideas is here. In an open discussion,” said Prime Minister Modi. “India will soon lead the world in AI,” he added. According to the prime minister, affordable data has also enabled the nation to produce top-notch solutions for the global community.

“When compared to other countries, India has extremely low data costs. This sparked a digital revolution that ultimately benefited the underprivileged. Additionally, millions of people have benefited from the more than 5 lakh common service centres (CSCs) that are a part of citizen-centric programs,” according to PM Modi.

The country is steadily moving towards being the world’s third-largest economy in the future years, with a GDP of $5 trillion, beginning with the production of electric vehicles and growing to encompass a strong startup culture, mobile technology, and automobiles. By FY26, India aims to generate $300 billion in electronics.

Speaking about smartphones, Prime Minister Modi stated that the nation currently produces one in every seven iPhones worldwide. This follows the tech giant’s decision to increase iPhone production in India by double. Additionally, he predicted that by 2028, about 25% of iPhones would be produced in India.

Apple shipped almost 10 million iPhones to India last year, which accounted for 7 per cent of the market share. In the first quarter of 2024, the company saw record sales. English Jagran

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