The Digital India programme initiated by the Narendra Modi government will change the future of India while also uniting the country, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister for Communication and Information Technology at Gurgaon on Monday. He was there for the launch of a scheme from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for internet broadband users who will now be able to surf the web at speeds of at least 2Mbps.
India’s Phone User Sector
He also asserted that Modi desires to provide all governmental facilities via smartphones in the near future. Close to 98 crore people use mobile phones in India and the total figure of phone users inclusive of mobiles and land lines stand at 102 crore. Out of these, Indian users with internet stand at 35 crore.
Modi’s IT Formula
Modi’s new thumb rule is IT+IT=IT, that is, India’s Talent + Information Technology = India of Tomorrow. Prasad stated that IT is primarily used in the big cities primarily but the government intends to implement rural Business Process Outsourcing systems for mass-scale implementation. The scheme will see establishment of close to 480 call centers. About the BSNL scheme launched, the Minister says, “This scheme is expected to attract new customers for subscribing BSNL Broadband customers in an affordable manner.” This is a milestone for BSNL that had launched its broadband services back in the year 2005 with speeds of 256Kbps.