MeitY has a 1,000-day Plan for a $1-T Digital Economy

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has chalked out a 1,000-day agenda, aiming to make India a $1 trillion digital economy over the next few years.

This comes amid a change of guard, with Ashwini Vaishnaw taking over as Union minister for electronics and IT, along with Rajeev Chandrasekhar as minister of state. Key to the initiative will be making India the largest connected nation in the world, bringing coherence into digital governance, simplifying rules and legislations for technology and social media companies, and focusing on building India’s high-tech prowess.

“Our priority is connectivity-we want to make India the largest connected country in the world; the second issue is of digital government, everyone (all government departments and ministries) has apps and websites, but making them coherent to empower Indians is important,” a top government official, who did not wish to be named, said.

The plan focuses on how to expand the digital economy piece, the official added. As per the new agenda, the other areas of importance are to make laws government the tech, social media and cyberspace “simple and world-class.” The government wants to make sure that internet in India is open, trusted, safe and accountable, and with minimal government interface, the official added.

High-tech areas and developing skills are other focus areas. The areas identified include AI, Cyber Security, super Computing, Semiconductors, Block chain and Quantum computing.

“Our focus is very clear. We are not going to do everybody. We will focus on areas that we are good at as a nation and be globally competitive so we will pick those areas and focus on them,” the official said.

Skills and talent development will be another key focus area as “there has been a surge in the need for talent post-Covid since the digitalization efforts have gone up,” said the official. S-ET

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