Centre to work with Microsoft, others on digitisation: Prasad


Mumbai : The government is ready to work with Microsoft and other information and communication technology (ICT) firms to take India to the next level in digital revolution, Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

“India is standing at the cusp of digital revolution and we are open to work with companies like Microsoft to take India over the cusp,” Prasad said at the first of its kind Microsoft technology conference held here.

While positioning India’s technology adoption situation, the minister said: “Indians are patient observers of technology. Once we feel that a particular kind of technology is helpful, we adopt it very fast.”

Prasad, in addition, also spoke about different digital initiatives taken by the government including the electronic development fund.

“When I became the minister, investments were around Rs.10,000 crore but now it has reached Rs.1,10,000 crore,” Prasad said.

The minister also highlighted achievements of initiatives taken by his ministry and emphasised how the use of technology could simplify lives.

“The four digital initiatives of Digital India, Make In India, Skill India and startup India has to work together for the socio-economic improvement of the country,” he said.