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Govt spending estimated Rs 1 lakh cr on info highways: Pitroda

New Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) The government is spending an estimated Rs 1 lakh crore on developing information highways, Sam Pitroda, Adviser to Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, said here today.

"In addition to these two big networks (NKN and NOFN), if you add other programs... UID, National GIS, Cyber security, applications, procurement, payment, I must tell you we would be spending hundred thousand crores rupee to build information highways of tomorrow," Pitroda said while inaugurating a two- day manufacturers conference of C-DOT.

Talking National Knowledge Network (NKN) for institution and National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) for proliferating broadband access in the country, he said the government has always thought on long-term and no other government in this world would have the courage to spend Rs 1,00,000 crore of public money to build information highways of tomorrow. Pitroda said democratisation of information and digitalisation initiatives by the government will probably add two per cent to India''s GDP .

"Broadband on top of it will add another couple of per cent to GDP. I believe modernisation of Railways will add another 1.5 or 2 per cent to our GDP. If we grow at double digits for next 20 years then only we will be able address problems of poverty," Pitroda said. He said if India has to lift 400 millions, who are below poverty line, then there is no other way but to focus on growth and at the same time take leadership role on global level. "Globalisation was a great agenda... pushed by western world. Now they are in difficult times, they are trying to back off. You can''t talk about globalisation in the US anymore because it threatens jobs in the US, you cannot talk about globalisation in the EU because they are all confused," he said.

Pitroda said there is need to focus on indigenous production, local talent, research and development to become the champions in the world in information and communications technology . Pitroda said India needs to focus on 10 per cent growth.

Source: MSN News,  11/01/2012

 
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