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