India’s digital sector to create 50-70 lakh jobs in 5 years: Ravi Shankar Prasad
‘Aadhar has saved Rs 58,000 crore of taxpayers’ money’
28 September 2017: New Delhi
(L-R) Rekha Sethi, Director General, All India Management Association; Sunil Kant Munjal, President, AIMA & Chairman, The Hero Entreprise; Ravi Shankar Prasad; Minister of Law and Justice; Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India; Sudir Jalan, Co-Chairman, Diamond Jubilee NMC and Chairman, Neo Foods Pvt Ltd and T V Mohandas Pai, Senior Vice President, AIMA & Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services
“50-70 lakh jobs will be created in the IT and digital areas in the next 5 years,” says the Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology and he expects India’s tech sector to become a trillion-dollar economy in 4-5 years. He pointed out that during the past three years, 100 new mobile phone manufacturing companies have come in India. He was speaking at the National Management Convention of All India Management Association.
Emphasizing the importance of Aadhar to the economy, Prasad said that the government had saved Rs 58,000 crore of taxpayers’ money in addition to making technology affordable and inclusive. He mentioned that about 3 crore fake gas connections and 2.7 crore fake ration cards had been eliminated because of aadhar. He pointed out that the central government had recently saved Rs 32 crore in dustbin purchases because of e-auctions.
The minister said that Digital India had made digitization inclusive as there were 118 crore aadhar cards, 119 crore mobile phones, 40-50 crore smartphones and 50 crore internet connections in India. Moreover, hospitals were being brought online to allow e-appointments for distant patients and 80 hospitals had already come on board.
Sunil Kant Munjal, President, All India Management Association, said at the convention that the current businesses were not equipped to absorb the massive inflow of young people into the workforce and the starups alone could address India’s job creation challenge. The minister pointed out that everyday 5-6 startups were being created in the country. He likened the fears of job losses due to technology to the introduction of computers in India when his own party members had concerns about computers killing jobs. For every stenographer replaced by the computer, 50 new jobs were created and digitization will do the same, he said.
Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership and a member of British Parliament, said that he had told the MPs in his adopted country that they needed to catch up with India where voting has been done electronically while the UK elections still use paper and pencil.
Bilimoria likened Prime Minister Modi to Margaret Thatcher in his zeal to transform the economy. “Under Narendra Modi, India is playing to win. He is India’s answer to Margaret Thatcher,” he said. However, he pointed out that despite the idea and intent, the reality on the ground had not changed much because the scale of the Indian challenge was too big. He said that India needed to drastically raise its investment in health and education. He advocated opening up of India’s higher education to the foreign university to benefit in the sector the same way it had by opening up other sectors of the economy. “Foreign universities will help Indian education and its economic growth,” he said.
The convention also held a discussion on the growing role of technology in HR. It was pointed out during the session that the data available online was enabling identification of talent beyond what was known through job applications. “We are creating a Google for people by aggregating data about employees and companies,” said Rishabh Kaul, Co-Founder & Head of Demand Marketing, Belong, an HR tech startup. He said that finding the required tech talent had become a challenge and data capture and analysis was the way out of it. He said that employers were now looking beyond the CV and at the social media activity, following, likes and endorsements of the candidates’ posts.
Regarding job losses because of tech, Kiran Menon, Co-Founder and CEO, Tydy said that skill was teachable what is teachable can be automated. “But if you understand the business, you are hard to replace,” he said.
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