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Tech Policy in Parliament: Updates on CoWIN use, IT Rules, Aadhaar linkages, and more

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The Pegasus exposé led to disrupted proceedings of Parliament, with the Rajya Sabha being adjourned three times in one day and similar disruptions in the Lok Sabha as well.  In the first week of the monsoon session, multiple questions were raised in both houses of Parliament on issues related to technology policy beyond those that involve the Pegasus spyware. This is a compilation of important questions for which the answers have been tabled in Parliament, bringing out new information on policy decisions regarding Co-WIN, Aadhaar, National Digital Health Mission, the government's e-learning initiatives, detected phishing attempts, IT rules, and AgriStack. Expenditure on PM eVidya (July 19) BJP Lok Sabha MPs from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan - Devji M. Patel, Sudhakar Tukaram Shrangare, Naranbhai Kachhadiya, Ranjeetsingh Hindurao Naik Nimbalkar, Parbatbhai Savabhai Patel asked: (a) whether the Government has launched PM eVIDYA programme to provide for proper education during covid pandemic period and if so, the details thereof; (b) the total budget allocated for expansion of all the resources of e-learning under this programme like One Nation One Digital Platform, One class-One channel campaign along with the amount of funds spent so far; (c) the details of the programme for connecting all the rural schools in the country including Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat (d) whether majority of rural population has no access to technology (e) if so, the steps taken by the Government to take education to those not having digital devices? Answer - Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan confirmed that the…

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