Focus on digital connectivity to boost domestic ICT industry

The central government has stressed the need to improve digital connectivity to provide better

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governance, thereby helping the domestic ICT industry. The Indian IT industry’s focus may slowly shift to the domestic market if the government pushes for more developmental projects.

According to budget proposals, the government departments and ministries are to integrate their services with the e-biz – a single-window IT platform – for services on priority by December 31 this year. A programme for promoting good governance would be launched and the finance minister has set aside a sum of Rs 100 crore for this.

“There is a need to further bridge the divide between digital haves and have-nots. For this it is proposed to launch a pan-India programme ‘Digital India.’ This would ensure broadband connectivity at village level, improved access to services through IT-enabled-platforms, greater transparency in government processes and increased indigenous output of IT hardware and software for exports and improved domestic availability. Special focus would be on supporting software product startups,” the finance minister said.

Nasscom president R Chand­­rasekaransaid: “The pan-India digital initiative, funding for startups, district-level incubator network and leveraging technology for good governance are welcome steps. These steps along with the initiatives on skilling, smart cities and ease of business, reflect the thrust on the role of technology in this budget.

“Leveraging technology for access and governance was another key highlight of the budget. The ebiz initiative, e-kranti, virtual classroom, e-visas, financial inclusion mission and many others will help to enhance technology usage in the India market,” he said.

Moreover, the focus on micro, small and medium-sized businesses and their empowerment with various schemes is a huge positive and is likely to have positive impact on the IT industry, said Arup Roy, research director at Gartner India.

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