Agarwal, who heads the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, is the Non-Executive Chairman of Sterlite Technologies Ltd (STL) which is involved majorly in laying the optical fibre network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchyats.

"I am very excited about it (Digital India programme). This is one thing which will connect India. It will bring in education, healthcare, the whole urbanisation of villages. It will connect India together," Agarwal told reporters. The initiative aims to digitally deliver all the essential services to citizens and transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT.

"Five hundred million people will come together on the Internet. This has never happened before anywhere in the world. If people can get education through Internet, healthcare through Internet, it will be amazing," Agarwal cited exuding confidence that the drive will be a major hit.

The programme will also help cut down crime, he added. "The crime will come down. This is the massive thing and this is easy to do," Agarwal stated, adding in a lighter vein that “There is no environmental approval required..."

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