The Finance Minister said that NITI Aayog will initiate a national programme to direct efforts in artificial intelligence. Department of Science & Technology will launch a Mission on Cyber Physical Systems to support establishment of centres of excellence for research, training and skilling in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, big data analysis, quantum communication and internet of things. The Budget doubled the allocation on Digital India programme to Rs 3,073 crore in 2018-19.
To further broadband access in villages, the Government proposes to set up five lakh wifi hotspots to provide net connectivity to five crore rural citizens. The Finance Minister allocated Rs. 10,000 crore in 2018-19 for creation and augmentation of telecom infrastructure