Ravi Shankar Prasad Aims To Take Broadband To Masses

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  • The government would take broadband to the doorsteps in rural India through a policy push and entrepreneurship ecosystem
  • Prasad urged Indian IT companies and Nasscom to participate in the creation of ‘Digital Villages’ in the country
  • Efforts should be made to see how 5G and new technologies like artificial intelligence can be leveraged under Digital India

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that under Digital India 2, the government would take broadband to the doorsteps in rural India through a policy push and entrepreneurship ecosystem while highlighting that the government will work proactively to make India an export hub for electronics products. 

Economic Times reported that Prasad urged Indian IT companies and its apex software body Nasscom to participate in the creation of ‘Digital Villages’ in the country, and supplement the government’s efforts in the digital literacy movement. 

He explained that the availability of broadband and mobiles is an essential component of Digital India, which is feeding the digital appetite of the country.

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Creation of an electronics export hub
India will leverage its existing strength in electronics manufacturing and strong talent pool to position itself as an export hub for electronics products, Prasad said. On the issue of electronic manufacturing, the minister said the ministry is working on plans to make India a big export hub for electronics products. 

The minister further said efforts should be made to see how 5G and new technologies like artificial intelligence can be leveraged under Digital India. The government is working on creating one lakh Digital Villages, he said and urged Nasscom and the IT industry to participate in the program.

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