Dig­i­tal­i­saing 'Bharat': Spec­trum auc­tion road map to be dis­closed well in ad­vance

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Min­is­ter for Communications & IT, has as­sured industry that the auc­tion of spec­trum in the fu­ture too would be con­ducted in a timely, fair and trans­par­ent way. The hall­mark will be good gov­er­nance and “the road map will be fully dis­closed in ad­vance so that industry can put its act to­gether in a planned man­ner,” he said, while inau­gu­rat­ing 'Dig­i­tal Bharat 2015' in New Delhi on May 14, 2015, the first edi­tion of FICCI's 'Dig­i­tal Bharat', a plat­form for hav­ing trans­for­ma­tive ex­changes and de­lib­er­a­tions, or­gan­ised jointly with the Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Min­istry of Communications & IT, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia.

Prasad said the 'Dig­i­tal In­dia' pro­gramme was party-neu­tral, ide­ol­ogy-neu­tral and Cen­treS­tate-neu­tral. It aims at bridg­ing the ur­ban-ru­ral di­vide and was com­mit­ted to en­sure dig­i­tal in­clu­sion. “I would like to see ev­ery ma­son and car­pen­ter in the coun­try us­ing his smart phone to en­hance his busi­ness and in­come,” he added.

The last spec­trum auc­tion, the big­gest so far, that ended in March this year fetched about Rs. 1.10 lakh crore to the gov­ern­ment.

On the oc­ca­sion, the min­is­ter launched the FICCI-EY re­port ti­tled 'Speed­ing Ahead on the Telecom and Dig­i­tal Econ­omy High­way'.

Rakesh Garg, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Min­istry of Communications & IT, stated that the three am­bi­tious and vi­sion­ary pro­grammes – Make in In­dia, Dig­i­tal In­dia and Smart Ci­ties – have opened up huge op­por­tu­ni­ties for industry. The econ­omy, he said, would stand to ben­e­fit im­mensely through higher pro­duc­tiv­ity that the vast num­ber of ta­lented In­di­ans will usher in.

He said that the gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to do­ing every­thing pos­si­ble to make the en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive for industry and con­sumer, the suc­cess of which will de­pend upon industry and gov­ern­ment work­ing to­gether.

Anant Goenka, Whole-time Di­rec­tor & Head, New Me­dia, The In­dian Ex­press Ltd., pointed out that the im­por­tance of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy could be gleaned from the suc­cess sto­ries of the young multi-bil­lion­aires who have used dig­i­tal plat­forms in­no­va­tively. The ques­tion that re­mains, he said, was how do we get to 'Dig­i­tal Bharat' in a fair and sus­tain­able way.

Joseph Alhadeff, Chair­man, USIBC Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Industry Group, spoke of the need to achieve global stan­dards in manufacturing and in­te­gra­tion into the global sup­ply chains. He also called for more en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion amongst the stake­hold­ers so that there was no du­pli­ca­tion of ef­fort.

Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, stated that it was en­cour­ag­ing that the In­dian gov­ern­ment was pri­ori­tis­ing tech­nol­ogy as an en­abler for the trans­for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try. How­ever, to reach the de­sired goals, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant to de­velop an en­vi­ron­ment which nur­tures

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Min­is­ter for Communications & IT (cen­tre), looks on as Dr. Jy­ot­sna Suri, Pres­i­dent, FICCI, presents a green cer­tifi­cate to Rakesh Garg, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, Min­istry of Communications & IT.

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