Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed IT industry leaders at a Nasscom gathering on the challenges the country faced, and asked the industry to contribute towards the “Digital India” campaign, which he launched last year. He highlighted a bunch of areas where intervention for technology companies is needed — like in the space of cyber security, building innovation, connecting the nation, better use of social media, and in areas that would bring down the digital divide.
“Innovations should happen in this country and the government will adopt those innovations,” said Modi. “Perhaps the biggest challenge is to innovate… Why didn’t a Google happen out of India?”
The PM said the Indian IT sector, which has touched $146 billion in the past two-and-a-half decade, took India on the global business map.
He also said it is as important to make i-ways or digital highways, as it is to make roads. He emphasised that more digital connectivity will change the nation and bring in more transparency. “Rich and poor will be differentiated by the digital divide. We have to see that doesn’t happen,” he said.
Modi talked about creating cloud godowns which will safely store enormous amounts of digital data. “The way the digital database is growing, you will have to build a cloud godown,” he said. He urged the industry to make this happen, as it is a big business opportunity. “Cloud locker is a huge opportunity,” he added, where common people will log-in and store information digitally and safely, somewhat like a bank.
And to manage these huge amounts of data, it is important to introduce cyber safety. “If we don’t take cyber security seriously, a lot of people won’t even touch mobile phones,” the PM pointed out.
By the end of his speech, he talked about how people in rural India, especially women, have started using mobiles to take pictures, and that he said is the biggest change. “It’s just not enough to be customers of innovation happening globally, it’s important to develop it as well,” he said.