The next Prime Minister of India and the first revolutionary Leader of the country has taken charge. He is simple, traditional and intellectual Narendra Damodardas Modi. Today known as a rational political leader, he has risen from the weakest section of the society, which doesn’t even assured of the fulfilment of basic human needs. But, that’s definitely not the subject of ITvoir, instead we are trying to concluded a ‘picture of future technology-empowered India through Modi’s eyes’.
Starting from the history, Narendra Modi has always emphasized on technology based and youth-led development in Gujarat, a state of India that Modi led as Chief Minister for three consecutive terms, since 2001. He nurtured variant IT & technology based programs in the state and worked vigorously for up-raising the educational infrastructure in the technology region. Late last year during a TCS event, Modi notified to IT professionals that they should use technology interventions for the empowerment of poor and focus on resolving of their problems, especially at this time when the country is close to transformation.
‘Modi is very clear that development alone cannot be complete; it has to be a development-plus model for India.’
Coming ahead to the recent past, the enormous electoral campaign of Narendra Modi was accelerated by the smart use of technology. A recently released report concluded that the leading social networking firm Twitter is planning to monetize the experience it acquired while working with politicians in India, especially Narendra Modi, by offering the same strategies to other countries likely to have polls this year. However, it was not only social media, but also the mobility technology that catalyzed Modi’s campaign.
In his various previous media presences, the India’s 15th Prime Minister has shared his rational ideas about IT & Technology based development combining innovations, technology-empowered education, e-governance and his idea about transforming India into a global hub of technology.
Modi on Cloud:
“With a policy-driven and result-oriented approach, I find no reason for India being unable to become the next hub for cloud infrastructure. We’ll require thinking out of the box about whether there are opportunities and synergies to locate unconventional energy projects and giant data centers in regions having a very little scope for agriculture and manufacturing,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on cloud technology.
Modi on Hardware Manufacturing:
“Besides, I wish seeing fruits of setting-up wider hardware manufacturing groups and parks throughout India and also, upgrading of local infrastructures for supporting local manufacturing of telecom equipments and devices in massive volume with focused research,” said Modi.
Modi on SME:
“An IT policy should be drafted cautiously and holistically. One re-designing that I want to see is the empowerment of MSMEs to turn them further competitive and vibrant. After all, MSME region is the backbone of IT and produces larger employment opportunities.”
Modi on Social & Other Media:
“Whether it’s about social media or any other form of media, I am completely against any kind of policing and censorship. Let all the shades of opinion shine and grow in the country.”
In the leadership of rational Narendra Damodardas Modi, the Indian industries are looking for a technologically and economically stronger future.
Modi’s Draft of Digital India
a) High-speed digital highways uniting Nation
b) 1.2 billion 24×7 connected Indians
c) Knowledge empowerment
d) Barrier-free access to information
e) Transparent Government & eGovernance
f) Technology ensuring incorruptible citizen-government interface
g) Government services on Mobile devices
h) Social media engagement of government with country people
i) Quality education empowered by digital learning
j) Quality Healthcare up to remotest regions through eHealthcare
k) Real-time Information to Farmers and connecting them to global markets
l) Mobile enabled emergency services with security assurance
m) Cyber security as National priority
n) Assurance of Financial Inclusion to mobile and online Banking
o) Ecommerce driven entrepreneurship opportunities
p) Next big idea and innovation from India
Industry Expectations from Modi
a) The National Association of Software and Services Companies – Nasscom has notified the larger importance of developing policies for ensuring continual growth of the IT industry. The government should focus on long-term policies for sustainable ecosystem. It will require Modi-led government to take decisive steps and renew investments that will together with uniform policies boost the competitiveness of India both in domestic and global markets.
b) Government should initiate specifically IT focused projects in other major sectors like healthcare, education, agriculture and manufacturing.
c) The government should make institutional reforms with ensuring that the country’s business environment is amiable not only to the existing businesses, but also young start-ups and SMEs. The government would require nurturing business environment with new services for growth.
d) The government require revising government procurement norms and reduce cut-off levels to accelerate opportunities for start-ups.
e) The Internet and Mobile Association of India – IAMAI is expecting Modi-led government to re-define laws with upgrading technology, and ensure the allowance for innovation in copyright laws to Indian web developers. It also expects the government to give importance to promoting meaningful internet access for urban areas.
f) Manufacturer’s Association of Information Technology – MAIT is expecting Narendra Modi government to immediately put in place a manufacturing ecosystem by revising policies, regulatory frameworks and vanishing inverted duty structure for influencing investments in India. It also expects government to reduce VAT, reinforcing technology adoption, bolstering infrastructure, ensuring last mile connectivity and easy access to back loans.
g) The Cellular Operators Association of India – COAI is expecting the new government to eliminate the license fees and high SUC charges as the market price of spectrum has already been paid and the importance of wireless spectrum is growing rapidly.