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Indian IT products should be used globally: Prasad

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said he would consider India's IT initiatives a success if its technology products are adopted across the world, including Europe and US.

"I have seen IT evolution of India which follows the traditional pattern - from outsourcing to R&D and what not. They are important. They need to be promoted.

"But I will bethe happiest and consider our IT initiative a success if your extraordinary potential propels products, which are replicatedand used in Asia, South-East Asia, Latin America, Europe andAmerica," he said while addressing an event on Internet Of Things(IoT) organised by Nasscom here.

Prasad said healthcare, education and agriculture must be the priority areas wherein benefits could be offered to the people.

He also said as per a study, IoT products will produce economic benefit of nearly USD 2 trillion by 2020.

"Forbes says that we will have 25 billion IoT connections by 2020. Cisco estimates 50 billion, and the revenue is going to be very very exciting.

"As per Gartner, IoT will produce economic benefit of nearly USD 2 trillion by 2020 and Cisco estimates it will be USD 14 trillion. Therefore even economically, IoT products are going to be very win-win," he said.

Prasad said he was open to suggestions to leverage IoT skilling and also stressed on having higher human resourceresearch and training in the area.

He also laid emphasis on using IoT for cyber security and said it should not be allowed to be abused by some people.Innovators should conduct research to develop a good ecosystem to further strengthen the whole architecture of cyber security, Prasad said.

"How can by innovation and research, we can develop a good ecosystem to further strengthen the whole architecture of cyber security, that is a very lurking area of concern, where we have all to work collectively," he said.

Talking about the government's initiatives for developing

internet infrastructure, Prasad saidas many as 250,000 gram panchayats will be connected withoptical fibre network.

When the NDA government came to power, only 358 kms of optical fibre were laid, but in close to two and half years, asmany as 1.23 lakh kms of optical fibre have been laid in thecountry and the process is going on, the minister said.

"We had 80,000 common service centres. Now we have scaled up to 200,000. We are going to scale it up to 250,000...," he said.

Prasad also said his ministry is digitising the post office network.

"We have 50,000 post offices in the country. More than 25,000 already have come under core banking solution and we are going to give hand-held devices to 1.30 lakh rural postmenfor doing internet banking, insurance services and all," hesaid.

Prasad said tender process is on for setting up call centres in small towns and it has invited a lot of positive response.

The minister said he has fixed a target of 500 million internet connections by 2017.

"God willing we aregoing to achieve that number this year itself," he said.

First Published: Thu, July 07 2016. 21:02 IST