Make India $1 tn digital economy in 4 yrs: Minister to IT industry

IT industry should help India build a USD 1 trillion digital economy within four years by creating affordable technology and an inclusive environment, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Highlighting multi-billion dollar opportunities that exist in areas like IT and IT enabled services, e-commerce, electronics manufacturing, digital payments and cyber security, he said that achieving USD 1 trillion digital economy is not a ‘tall claim’.

“I don’t have any doubt that it will become USD 1 trillion in 7 year. My humble request is why to wait for 7 years. Can we do it in 3-4 years?” the law and IT minister said in a keynote address to technology leaders.

The Indian IT sector has crossed Rs 10 lakh crore in revenue and exports have crossed Rs 7.5 lakh crore, Prasad said, adding that the country needs to develop its own model for digital development that is inclusive.

“Create a technology which is affordable, create infrastructure which is developmental, create an environment which is inclusive,” he said.

Companies can also make India a hub of low-cost technology for cyber security, he added.

(Agencies)

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