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Setting up data centers in India shouldn’t be mandatory – Amitabh Kant, CEO Niti Ayog

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said that the "Decision to set up data centers in the country (India) cannot be mandatory and it will be not be conducive for the eco-system." Kant said, while releasing the IAMAI's Make In India report on incentivizing data center infrastructure in India, that he will "initiate a dialogue with departments like IT, Telecom and Energy to create the best possible infrastructure for data centers." For long, it has been a demand from the Indian government that companies should compulsorily host their data in India, especially from a security perspective. This was a demand put forth by Vinit Goenka, the national co-convener of the BJPs IT Cell, a couple of years ago, a month before the BJP came to power. The points he had made then were largely around national security concerns: that the…

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