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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.

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Government ends Haj subsidy as part of a new policy

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government's agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

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A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. Wikimedia Commons
  • The government had drafted the policy after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022
  • The government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls
  • This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage

The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them.

“This is part of our policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement,” Naqvi told reporters here.

He said the government would utilise the funds saved from withdrawing the subsidy for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

Also Read: Muslim women can now travel to Haj without Mahram

The government had drafted the policy to abolish the Haj subsidy in a phased manner after the Supreme Court asked it in 2012 to withdraw it gradually by 2022.

This year, the highest number of Indian pilgrims are likely to go for the pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased India’s quota by 5,000.

A total of 1.75 lakh Indian Muslims can go for Haj this year. IANS

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