G20 Digital Economy Ministers’ Meeting in Bengaluru concludes; 40 countries shown interest in adopting Indian Digital Public Infrastructure

The G20 Digital Economy Ministers’ Meeting in Bengaluru today concluded with member countries and invitees showing absolute consensus on the concepts and application of Digital Public Infrastructure, Cyber security and digital skilling- the three priority areas put forth under G20 India Presidency. Union Minister for Railways, Communication, Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw informed this during the post-event press conference. He called it a big achievement for the Indian Presidency that the concepts put forth by India received absolute consensus in the Ministerial meeting today. He added that the members also admired the ease of doing transaction architecture of UPI in India.

On sharing India’s expertise in Digital Public Infrastructure, the minister said that 40 countries have shown interest in adopting Indian Digital Public Infrastructure. This in itself is a recognition of India’s prowess in this sector. Responding to a question on measures to contain cyber fraud, the minister informed media persons that three IT tools introduced last May have helped cancel 5.5 million SIM cards used for cyber frauds, along with deactivation of 40,000 point of sale units and 45,000 whatsapp accounts. To another question on Vande Bharat trains with sleepers, the minister said that it is likely to be rolled out by February or March next year. He said these Vande Bharat trains with Sleepers will run long distances and will be free of jerks and vibrations and minimum noise levels.

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