Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that mobile phones are integral to fulfillment of the Digital India programme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The minister also added that India needs modern technology that can connect with the common man in a conducive manner.
Speaking at the second India Mobile Congress in Aerocity, Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad added, "The country needs to have digital content in various Indian languages in order to move ahead as a digital economy in the coming years."
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The minister also touched upon the issue of data privacy and said it needs to be tackled for sustained user growth."Data is the new oil and asset for the country," he said.
Ravi Prasad said that the introduction of cell phones in Indian markets has empowered citizens, while adding that India has the highest mobile density in the world.
"All mobile companies have done a tremendous job in transforming India. The biggest thing is even the poor of our country have mobile connections. More than 60 million people are now able to use e-hospital services, e-commerce services, e-visa etc without any hassle," he said.
In his concluding remark, Ravi Prasad said, "There is a dire need to expedite into the new technology and government will make all efforts to pave way for modern science and technology".
This was the second edition of the India Mobile Congress which aimed to bring together mobile, internet and technology companies onto one platform to enhance the digital cooperation across the country.