Govt to ensure 50 crore Internet connections by 2018: Ravi Shankar Prasad New scheme to create 48,000 BPO seat in small towns
29 April 2015: New Delhi: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communication & Information Technology has announced that the government plans to multiply the internet connections in the country to 500 million by 2018 from about 120 million at present. He was speaking at the National Leadership Conclave in the capital, organized by All India Management Association (AIMA).
"India has already overtaken the US in net connections and is only second to China now…I'm convinced that in three years, India will be equal to China as an IT market," the minister said.
Prasad also announced that the government’s digital inclusion strategy included promoting BPOs beyond the big IT clusters. He said that a scheme was being developed to create 48,000 BPO seats in small towns all over the country. Those seats will be distributed among all states, he added.
ommenting on the connectivity and speed issues with the broadband network in the country, Prasad said that the government was led by a Prime Minister who was very active on social media and, therefore, he was optimistic about improvement.
On the issue of net neutrality, the minister said that the government was working on the relevant measures with the guiding principle that the internet belonged to the whole mankind and not just a few.
The minister presented the AIMA Life Time Achievement Award to Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, on the occasion.
Accepting the award, Dr Reddy praised the minister for connecting India’s villages through a broadband network and expressed hope that once the villages are connected, it will become much easier to deliver healthcare to the rural population.
Inaugurating the session on Bridging the Digital Divide, Sanjiv Goenka, Past President, AIMA and Chairman RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, noted that digital technologies had unleashed young India’s entrepreneurial energies and created a true national market.
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