INDORE: Speaking at a Management Association function here, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India is in-line with the Prime Minister’s aspiration of a ‘Digital India’. The Minister said that the number of internet users in India is expected to go up to 50 crore in the next 5-8 months boosting the Digital India initiative.
“According to our estimates, as of now more than 40 crore Indians are using the internet and i am expecting these numbers to go up to 50 crore in the next eight months. More than 70% of the users access mobile internet through their smartphones”, Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar prasad said.
As per the statistics provided by the Department of Telecoms (DoT), about 100 crore people in India have mobile phones to communicate with each other and in addition 20-25 lakh mobile users are added every month.
“We are always striving for the development of the public by providing good governance. Also, to achieve this we are simplifying the laws and procedures wherever necessary, time-to-time. The NDA government is aiming to awaken the efficiency and innovation in public through the initiative of Digital India”, Mr Prasad added.
Another big project under Telecom Ministry will be the ‘BharatNet Project’, which involves laying of fibre optic cables connecting 2.50 lakh gram panchayats. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and the Government aims to provide internet services to remote villages using the fibre-optic network. Thus, moving towards a Digital India.