20-25 lakh jobs will be created in IT sector in coming 4-5 years: Ravi Shankar Prasad
NEW DELHI: With an aim to “corporatize” its marque digital India project, the government is looking at creating a Digital India Corporation. Union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the idea is to have a professional way to implement the programme. “It will be professionally managed with a corporate architecture,” said Prasad.
He was speaking at a conference to list the achievements of the ministry after three years of the Modi government.
Prasad also said that the government has appointed consultancy firm McKinsey to prepare the roadmap for the Digital economy for the next few years. Government’s apex planning body the Niti Aayog will also provide e-readiness index of the states. “The digital economy in the country will become a one trillion economy in the next five to seven years,” said Prasad.
Since the government announced the demonetization exercise on November 8, number of digital payments through mobile wallets have increase by 104% to 44.3 lakh, 8803% under the unified payment interface to 3.31 lakh and 309% under the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System to 1.58 lakh as of May 17.
Addressing concerns about the layoffs in the IT sector, Prasad said that he completely refutes the allegations that there are large scale retrenchment in the sector.
He said that in fact in the coming four to five years, almost 20-25 lakh additional jobs will be created in the sector.
“I completely deny and refute that there is any downturn in the employment in the IT sector. It is robust. Once the digital economy is here, you will see how much it will progress,” Prasad said.
In the last three years, almost six lakh people have been employed in our IT sector. In 2016-17, the number of people employed was around 1.7 lakh, he said adding that the government is in touch with IT industry body Nasscom.
Prasad said that the government’s current thrust on Digital economy will also create a slew of new jobs in the industry. He added that in the last three years, the number of common service centres has increased to about 2.5 lakh which employ almost 10 lakh people and did business of around Rs. 1800 crore out of which Rs. 600 crore came only from Aadhaar.
Talking about cyber security and the recent ransomware attack, Prasad said that About 200 locations were there and they were all standalone computers, because the government had taken proactive measures from March itself by having the Microsoft patch being installed and by sending advisories. He added that the National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC) is expected to become operational from June this year.
Talking about the need to corporatize Digital India, he said, “it provides great flexibility and greater opportunity for talent and faster decision making.” Prasad drew a parallel with the success of Aadhaar and MyGov and said that work will begin in this direction soon.
Source: Economic Times
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