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Ravi Shankar Prasad: India should not miss digital revolution


On Saturday, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the ‘Digital India’ programme was ideology-neutral, politics-neutral and centre-state-neutral, He also added that the country is marching towards becoming a trillion dollar digital economy in the next two to three years due to a large-scale adoption of digital technology.

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While addressing the 91st Annual General Meeting of FICCI yesterday, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the ‘Digital India’ was transformative, designed to empower the citizens, bring about digital inclusiveness and bridge the rural-urban divide.

The Union minister further said, “The reliance was on low-cost technology as evidenced by the spread of digital identity through ‘Aadhar’ which supplements the physical identity of the people.”

Apparently, the ‘New India’, which was envisioned by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government marks a tectonic shift in thinking. Ravi shankar Prasad said, “It is an inspiration to think big. Unless you think big, you can’t achieve modest success.”

He reiterated that the boost in the number of smartphones, component manufacturing factories and optical fibre network were some examples of the adoption of digital technology in the country.

The fundamental philosophy behind the success of the ‘digital transformation was IT+IT=IT (India Talent+ Information Technology= India Tomorrow).’

In the conclusion of his speech, Prasad said that India missed the industrial revolution due to historical reasons; it also missed the entrepreneurial revolution owing to the licence-permit-quota raj. He ended saying, “We don’t want to miss the digital revolution which is designed to transform India.”

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