India has now around one billion mobile subscribers, he added. People in India, especially at grass-root levels, are using technology to transform their lives.
“After being IT and communications minister, I’m indeed experiencing a different India. India is sitting on cusp of a big digital revolution. Indians first observe technology, then adopt technology and then they start enjoying it and become empowered in the process,” Prasad said.
Digital Desh has incorporated insights of small Indian businesses that are using Internet to transform their businesses. In a separate development, the government is setting up a centralised monitoring system (CMS) to automate process of lawful interception and monitoring of phones and internet.
“The government has decided to set up the CMS in a phased manner to automate the process of lawful interception and monitoring of mobile phones, land lines and the internet in the country,” Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
“The CMC at Delhi and RMC (regional monitoring centre) at New Delhi and Mumbai have been operationalised,” Prasad said.
CMS’ objectives include electronic provisioning of a target number by government agencies without any manual intervention from telecom service providers on a secured network, thus enhancing the secrecy level and quick provisioning of the target.