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At IT panchayat, union minister wants the sector to drive the change in India

July 2, 2014

Bangalore: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, said the new government is committed to providing internet broadband connection to every village in India. "The Modi government is extremely focussed on getting this done. I am sure we will be known as 'broadband highway' government," he said at a summit organised by the IT body Nasscom.

Calling the meeting an IT panchayat, Prasad congratulated the Indian software industry for making the country proud. "I salute the IT industry for metamorphosing the image of India in the eyes of the world. There are iconic companies like Infosys, Wipro and TCS. The Prime Minister is clear that he wants to drive the change in India through IT," said the minister is his first official meeting after taking charge.

The minister emphasised on the need to make India a proud destination for IT products. "I want the IT industry to develop products that can be used in both India and abroad. Why can't we have products built in India which can serve the global community. It is very much possible," he said emphasizing on the need to recognise products built by Indian startups.

Coming to BPOs, the minister said the government wants to spread its presence in the country including Tier I and Tier II cities. He put a special emphasis on Eastern and North-Eastern India. "Though the Western and the Southern parts of the country are developing, there is no growth happening in Eastern and North Eastern frontier. India cannot grow if all parts of India do not grow. We want to come up with specific plan for North East."

Coming to the Electronics industry, the minister wants to give special importance to manufacturing. "In a country where mobiles have such high penetration, it is surprising to note that there are no Indian manufacturers of phones. Even chips are not designed here. It is high time we change this," said Prasad.

Credit:dna Correspondent

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Source: DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

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