There is a necessity for innovation in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector as the country cannot afford to compete with developed economies due to limited resources, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said in national capital.
He called for proper planning rather than piecemeal approach to achieve the vision of Digital India.
Addressing a seminar organised by the National Institute of Communication Finance on "ICT emerging technologies & USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) for Digital India", the minister warned that if India lags in catching up with emerging technologies in the coming 15 to 20 years, the very existence of the country will be at stake.
He asked the officials and other stakeholders to "Walk the Talk" for accomplishing the Prime Minister's vision of transforming India through digital revolution.
The minister said it is government’s duty to digitally empower the huge chunk of population especially in rural areas who are still deprived of IT revolution and he underlined that the Government alone cannot do this and called for cooperation of all.
Sinha expected that by March 2017, one lakh gram panchayats (GPs) will be connected through optical fibre cable to set up a network infrastructure to serve the rural masses.