IT minister seeks Vishal Sikka's support to make 'Digital India' project a success
Sharing the details of the programme with Visha Sikka in Berlin, Ravi Shankar Prasad asked Infosys to take the lead in contributing to the success of Digital India.
As the ambitious Digital India programme is rolled out, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today enlisted the support of Vishal Sikka, head of India's second-largest IT services firm, to help the project succeed.
Sharing the details of the programme with Visha Sikka in Berlin, Mr Prasad asked Infosys to take the lead in contributing to the success of Digital India.
The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology.
The programme will be implemented in phases from the current year till 2018.
The vision of the government under the project includes creation of ICT infrastructure like high-speed Internet at gram panchayat level, on-demand availability of government services like health, education etc, and digital empowerment of citizens, specially through digital literacy.
The minister also highlighted the investment-friendly climate developed by Narendra Modi-led government at New Delhi.
"Infosys can become India's brand ambassador in convincing major foreign investors to come forward and invest in the field of IT," Mr Prasad said.
Sharing the Prime Minister's focus on use of IT for good governance, Prasad spoke about the idea of "Government on Mobile".
Assuring full cooperation for the Digital India programme, Mr Sikka appreciated the efforts made by the new government towards developing a business friendly environment in general and promotion of IT sector in particular.
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