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Ministry of Communications and IT approves Rs.6,000 crore worth projects under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

The Minister of IT and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the ministry had approved Rs 6,000 crore worth of projects under the ‘Make in India’ program, reports WebIndia123. The ministry said it had received proposals worth Rs 20,000 crore, of which the aforementioned amount was approved. According to the minister, research is being done in India, but intellectual property rights are with other countries. Additionally, India imports lots of electronics goods, despite being the second largest smartphone consumer in the world. These are the issues which the Make in India programme hopes to address.

2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats are to be connected by National Optic Fiber Network in next 3 years

As a part of the ‘Digital India’ initiative 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats are to be connected by the National Optic Fibre Network in the next three years, through seven lakh kilometers of optic fibre cable, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said in a press release. According to Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Digital India programme will try to bridge the gap between infrastructure availability in metros and villages. He also mentioned that the Government plans to create a digital locker for citizens, for storing degree certificates, BPL certificates etc.

Government’s Digital India project will create over five crore jobs once it is complete

The Government’s Digital India program will create over five crore jobs on completion, said the Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, reports Firstpost. He mentioned there is a boom in the e-commerce sector, which is pushing the development of logistics and the ministry is working on schemes to open BPOs in towns and rural areas. Additionally the governments efforts to ramp up electronics manufacturing will help create jobs. Prasad mentioned that employment in IT currently generates about 30 lakh jobs.

India offers cutting edge IT technologies at frugal cost- says Secretary RS Sharma

The Secretary of the Department of IT and Electronics, RS Sharma said that India offered a wide variety of sophisticated IT technologies at frugal cost to solution providers, at the inaugural of the 15th Indiasoft (India IT Show) held in Delhi. He pointed out the the unique identification program by India costs only Rs 100 per individual, while a similar program in the UK costs 150 pounds per person. He also mentioned that all social welfare and governance programs will soon be working on the digital platform and that India would have 250,000 touch points connected with optical fiber, wherein every person would have access to the Internet.

S K Gupta made the Principal Advisor in charge of Broadcasting issues

S K Gupta, who looked after the broadband issues in TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), has been made the Principal Advisor in charge of Broadcasting issues, reports Radioandmusic. He will replace N Parameswaran, who will now look after network services and licensing as Principal Advisor.

Parameswaran’s term in the TRAI is to expire later this year. He has been in the telecom sector since January 1980, and had played a key role in the liberalisation of the Telecom Sector in India. The term of TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar, who had succeeded JS Sharma in May 2012 for a three year term,  is also expiring in May this year.

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