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New Delhi: Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed India has received Rs 1,00,000 crore in the last fifteen months as investment proposals for electronics manufacturing in the country,  said on Thursday.

“I am happy to announce that in the last fifteen months, investment proposals worth Rs 104,000 crore have been received for electronics manufacturing in the country,” Prasad said at an International Chamber of Commerce event here supported by industry chamber FICCI.

Ravi_Shankar_Prasad_At_OfficeThe proposals come from various companies for electronics manufacturing under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS).

The scheme, originally approved by the government in 2012, provides capital subsidy of 20 percent in special economic zones (SEZ) or 25 percent in non-SEZ units engaged in manufacturing of electronics items. In July, the NDA government extended the MSIPS policy by five years.

In the recent period, global majors like Xiaomi and Motorola, along with Lenovo, commenced assembling smartphones in the country through contract manufacturing by Foxconn and Flextronics respectively.

“The Make in India programme evolved out of the initiatives taken for electronics manufacturing. When I assumed charge as minister last year, there were only two electronics clusters in the country. Now there are 20,” Prasad said.

He pointed out that the Digital India programme was transformational and designed to bridge the divide between the “digital haves and have-nots”.

“The common man is using digital technology for doing business and for his empowerment. In the prime minister’s scheme of things, Digital India is for the poor and the underprivileged,” he said.

“Digital India is politics neutral, ideology neutral, centre-state neutral. It is India positive,” he added.

(IANS)

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Network Service Providers Pledge To Reduce The Gender Gap Between Mobile Phone Users In India By 2020

Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.

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Network service providers such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have signed up for the "GSMA Connected Women Programme's Commitment Initiative" and have pledged to reduce the gender gap in their customer bases by 2020. Pixabay

Women in India are 28 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone and 56 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet, a new report by GSM Association (GSMA) said on Wednesday.

Across all low and middle-income countries, 80 per cent of women are mobile owners while in India, only 59 per cent use mobile phones, representing some of the largest mobile gender gaps in the world, said the report by GSMA, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators globally.

“We are seeing significantly increased mobile access for women. However, in an increasingly connected world, women are still being left behind,” Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA, said in a statement.

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Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.
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According to the GSMA’s “2019 Mobile Gender Gap Report”, just 42 per cent of women in India are aware of the Internet, and that it can be used on a mobile phone.

This is an increase from a meagre 19 per cent among women in India in 2017.

“While mobile connectivity is spreading quickly, it is not spreading equally. Unequal access to mobile technology threatens to exacerbate the inequalities women already experience,” Granryd added.

Nearly 250 million more women in low and middle-income countries have become mobile owners since 2014.

Eighty per cent women in low and middle-income countries are now mobile owners globally and mobile phone is the primary means of Internet access in these markets, where 48 per cent of women use mobile to get online.

Closing the mobile gender gap in these markets represents a $140 billion commercial opportunity for the mobile industry over the next five years.

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“Women remain 10 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone in low-and middle-income countries and 23 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet,” said the report.
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However, despite the growth in connectivity, the gender gap in mobile ownership is not closing.

“Women remain 10 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone in low-and middle-income countries and 23 per cent less likely than men to use mobile Internet,” said the report.

The mobile gender gap varies by region and country but is widest in South Asia where women are 28 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile device and 58 per cent less likely to use the mobile Internet.

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Network service providers such as Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel have signed up for the “GSMA Connected Women Programme’s Commitment Initiative” and have pledged to reduce the gender gap in their customer bases by 2020.

The report noted that in the wake of the Digital India programme, much of vital public information and services are only available online. However, without access to Internet, women in India may face accessibility issues. (IANS)