Indian Government’s Digital India project will create over five crore jobs once it is complete. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed today.
Digital India is an umbrella programme of the government comprising various projects worth about Rs 1 lakh crore to transform the country into a knowledge economy. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure easy access to technology infrastructure and government services are to citizens. He said there is boom in e-commerce sector, which is pushing development of logistics and his ministry is working on scheme to open BPOs in small towns and rural areas.
Indian Government is running ambitious program of Make In India which will have to be supplemented with skilled India. India can’t wait for electricity to reach first and stop working. ”It is how you see at things, when you will have Digital India programme running in nearby villages, then there will be pressure on local leaders to get electricity in their village as well,” Prasad said. Responding to a query from another student as to why India has not been able to developed sites like Google or Facebook, Prasad said that there is new wave of start-up IT companies which are developing innovative products. ”We have got 4,000 start-ups in India. Many of them are back from Silicon valley, making their own products and making foreign companies run for money. I see they have potential to become Google or Facebook of India. Even Google and Facebook are becoming Indian by developing content in regional languages,” Prasad said.