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IT minister calls for talks with industry leaders on jobs, digital India

Tight appraisals in IT firms, which have led to axing of non-performers, will also be taken up

Kiran Rathee  |  New Delhi 

Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Information technology minister has scheduled a meeting with seniors of services entities and electronics manufacturers this coming Friday, to discuss problems in the sector.

Top of the agenda is  a concern over in IT, where growth is slowing due to shifts in technology, automation and growing protectionism in developed markets. 

The tight appraisal system among comoanies, which has led to dismissal of many, is a related issue.

The government wishes to hasten its aim of a $1 trillion digital economy by 2022 through its plan.

A ministry official said the government had partnered with in design of new services and platforms like MyGov, digital locker e-Sign, cloud services, the government e-marketplace, e-national agricultural market and the like. 

The time had come, to take this to the next level.

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha is meeting promoters of in that sector on June 22, to discuss financial stress. Both ministries' role is seen as crucial if is to take off.
During Prasad's meeting, the issue of job layoffs by is likely to be discussed and possible solutions.