" The Government should invest its priorities in a steady manufacturing climate,which would accelerate the growth potential of the country."
The Indian National IT policy has set an extremely ambitious goal to make one person in every Indian household digitally literate by 2020. If successful this will result in about 250 million people in India becoming capable of using connected technology to access relevant information and essential services needed to improve their employability and livelihoods. I am a strong believer that technology if used right will be one of the most effective drivers of the much needed “inclusive growth” in India. If “inclusive growth” is indeed important to India the technology has to become even more important to India and all steps need to be taken to figure out how we can make it pervasive.
The challenges are many. Apart from the lack of infrastructure and connectivity, most of the next wave of users will be largely local language users based in smaller cities or rural India. Currently, none of the Indian languages feature in the top ten languages on the internet. For them to find relevant information and services and make use of them, a lot has to be done to drive content and application in local languages to cater to this audience. The total cost of ownership will have to come down and more importantly, technology will have to adapt to fit their lifestyles and habits with a focus on areas that are relevant to them like financial services, agriculture services, health care, vocational education and government services. We have to think very differently about who uses technology, how it is used and for what purposes.