The city of Bengaluru will be one of the fastest-growing and most developed cities in the country with a population of over one million by 2020, with a GDP of around Rs 1 lakh crore, according to the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).
This will be the third time Bengaluru has topped the NSSO’s “Digital India” ranking.
It was first in 2009 and in 2010, it was first again in 2016.NSSOs report, titled “Digital Economy: A City-Centric Approach”, was released on Monday and details a number of major economic, social and governance reforms that will take place across the country.
“Digital transformation is the key to building an economy that is globally competitive, sustainable and inclusive, and to achieve economic and social inclusion for all citizens,” the report said.
Digital transformation includes the creation of the Digital India Infrastructure Hub, an electronic city, the creation and development of the national digital infrastructure to support digital transformation across all sectors, including services and information technology, digital inclusion of the public sector, the adoption of digital solutions in education, the use of technology to enhance the quality of public services and the creation, delivery and use of digital tools to enhance governance and the environment.
Digital cities, which are cities that are connected to the internet through digital infrastructure, are an emerging area in India, and are expected to be the main drivers for the country’s economic growth and job creation in the next five to 10 years.
The report said digital cities are being considered to be a “global leader in the digital economy”.
The city has the potential to be an economic and strategic leader in Digital India, as it is well-placed to provide connectivity to India’s digital economy, said K J Kumar, Director, NSSOs, Niti Aayog.
“The rapid growth of Bengaluros growth will allow the city to attract the top talent from the country and other regions and attract new talent to its growing economy.
Digital transformation in Bengaluru is a key part of this transformation.
It is an area of potential and a key pillar for the future growth of the city,” Kumar said.
The NSSo’s Digital Cities Index, which has a sample size of 2,500, includes cities across the world with a total population of more than 10 million.