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India moves into future at an unprecedented rate: article

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

has opted for a pathway to move at an unprecedented rate into the future, but the country still has a long way to go to reach its full potential, according to an article published in a leading US- based management magazine.

The write up carried in the 'Business Review' yesterday said that was a unique story of government-led disruption and is building a digitally-empowered society.

"Rather than seek to slow that process to reduce those challenges, has taken the opposite approach: to not only embrace, but to accelerate disruption to ensure that it realises its full potential for economic and social inclusion," said the article titled 'How is moving toward a digital-first economy'.

India's development was inequitable and inconsistent for far too long, said the two scholars Gupta and Philip Auerswald who wrote the article, adding that the country still has a long way to go to reach its full potential.

Gupta, head of technology for BJP party, is Eisenhower Innovation Fellow, and member of World Economic Forum's Economy & Society Futures Council.

Auerswald is an Associate Professor at the Schar School for Policy and Government, George Mason University.

They said the process of disruption, whether or not led by the government, creates numerous, significant social challenges.

The societal challenges created by disruption, both expected and unintended, are real, they wrote.

"They will only be addressed with a combination of administrative humility and entrepreneurial determination. But the long-term benefits are real as well," it said.

According to the article, Stack is envisioned as a new social infrastructure with the capacity to increase the resilience of Indian society to change and to help propel into the 21st century economy.

Stack refers to a project of creating a unified software platform to bring India's population into the age.

"The deployment of the Stack was one significant precondition for major structural reforms undertaken by the Narendra Modi This brings us back to demonetisation and implementation of tax reforms," they said.

According to the write-up, is adding almost 110 million smartphone users every year and is on the verge of launching Aadhaar compliant devices with biometric authentication built into phones and tablets.

The power of the Jan Dhan-Aadhaar and Mobile number (JAM) trinity will come into full force when the transactions are enabled using Aadhaar and biometric authentication, creating a system that is not only cashless but card-less, it said.

Already, a new entrant into telecommunications service in succeeded in using the Stack to enrol 108 million consumers in 170 days with a totally paperless, mobile-centric process, achieving customer acquisition costs of less than one US dollar per customer as compared with the prior industry standard of USD 25, it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 12:22 IST