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India's 2.5 lakh gram panchayats to be digitally connected by mid 2018: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Kolkata: India's 2.5 lakh gram panchayats would be digitally connected by the middle of 2018, Union Minister for Law, Justice and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday.

Ravi Shankar Prasad. File photo. PTI

Ravi Shankar Prasad. File photo. PTI

Prasad said, "So far one lakh GPs are digitally connected via optical fibre under the National Optical Fibre Programme."

Speaking at an ICC session in Kolkata, he said that the country's digital economy at the moment was $400 billion,"which will touch $ one trillion in the next four to five years".

The minister said that India's massive digital leap has touched basic services like health, education and subsidy transfer.

According to him, the government has been able to save Rs 50,000 crore by sending subsidy directly to the consumer using the digital route.

India is now the third largest in terms of start-up formations, the minister said adding "2000 start-ups are formed every year".

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2017 19:44 PM

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