The Government should invest its priorities in a steady manufacturing climate,which would accelerate the growth potential of the country.
The Indian National IT policy has set an extremely ambitious goal to make one person in every Indian household digitally literate by 2020. If successful this will result in about 250 million people in India becoming capable of using connected technology to access relevant information and essential services needed to improve their employability and livelihoods. I am a strong believer that technology if used right will be one of the most effective drivers of the much needed “inclusive growth” in India.If “inclusive growth” is indeed important to India the technology has to become even more important to India and all steps need to be taken to figure out how we can make it pervasive.
The challenges are many. Apart from the lack of infrastructure and connectivity, most of the next wave of users will be largely local language users based in smaller cities or rural India. Currently, none of the Indian languages feature in the top ten languages on the internet.For them to find relevant information and services and make use of them, a lot has to be done to drive content and application in local languages to cater to this audience. The total cost of ownership will have to come down and more importantly, technology will have to adapt to fit their lifestyles and habits with a focus on areas that are relevant to them like financial services, agriculture services, health care, vocational education and government services. We have to think very differently about who uses technology, how it is used and for what purposes.
The challenges may seem daunting, but it is not an impossible mission.To accomplish the vision of a truly connected India,the Indian IT industry will need to innovate and collaborate like never before.And most importantly, the Government and the Industry will need to work hand in hand with clear roles and charters to make the vision a reality.
When it comes to technology, we have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in India. Only 9M households out of 168M rural households and15M households out of 78M urban households own a PC. India continues to be one of the least effective countries when it comes to using technology for development and growth and it cannot continue this way for too long. If we want to ensure all citizens in India has access to the basics like education, healthcare, financial services and government services, we have to embrace and aggressively use technology to bridge the gaps.
The need for immersive growth is more urgent than ever before in India and the Indian IT industry will play a lead role in enabling this growth. MAIT has been one of the leading associations for IT in the country and I look forward to us working with all our partners and patrons to drive the technology adoption charter in India in order to make the India technology story a reality. We look forward to the continued support of our members and stakeholders in this endeavor.