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‘Govt working hard to revive economy’

India is changing and evolving for good every second, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 22 2016 12:41PM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2016 3:27PM

‘Govt working hard to revive economy’

Centre was "wholeheartedly" working towards reviving the economy, Union Minister Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad  said at the inauguration of the 10th Mindmine Summit.

Speaking at the summit, he said: "India is changing and evolving for good every second. The government is working towards connecting nearly 2,50,000 panchayats with optical fibres and very soon India will be home to 500 million smartphones. These initiatives are bringing people together for mutual growth."
Pointing out numerous initiatives taken byCentre, he said: "One such initiative - virtual mobile networks - will help consumers not just get more choices for voice and data services, but also allow telecom companies to monetise the unused airwaves."
The two-day summit will see participation of a mix of leaders from political, corporate and societal landscape.
NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant spoke about the importance of building world-class infrastructure to achieve and sustain 9-10 percent gross domestic product growth over the next few decades.
"India needs to plan and invest in mega transportation hubs which will ensure greater, faster and more efficient transportation of goods and people across the country," Kant said.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh expressed concerns over safeguarding the environment while aiming for higher GDP growth.
"Environment and sustainability will play major factors in Indian economic growth. Vulnerability of climate change in India is maximum; we need to manage these issues while trying to be the leaders in consumption and production," the former union minister said.