'Artificial Intelligence Is A Kinetic Enabler For Growth Of Indian Tech Ecosystem': Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

by Swarajya Staff - Oct 28, 2021 03:26 PM +05:30 IST
'Artificial Intelligence Is A Kinetic Enabler For Growth Of Indian Tech Ecosystem': Union Minister Rajeev ChandrasekharMoS IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Wednesday (27 October) said that the Artificial Intelligence is a Kinetic enabler for the growth of Indian technology ecosystem.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar made the remarks while virtually addressing the 5th ASSOCHAM Conference - Artificial Intelligence for Resilient Growth, organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM).

Speaking at the event, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that Artificial Intelligence can be a big business for some, but for the Modi government, it means use of AI – algorithms, layers on existing stacks to improve governance delivery, agricultural programmes, defence, security and intelligence related programmes, revenue/tax collection as well as programmes related to Justice and Law.

Sharing Government’s approach towards AI, he further added “We will create AI which will have built into it – the qualitative elements of risk management & ethical use".

According to a IT Ministry statement, the minister also highlighted three major factors that would create tremendous momentum for the growth of AI in India.

First, he mentioned about India soon becoming the largest connected Nation as the rural broadband connectivity programme BharatNet seeks to connect rural households with Internet. At present, there are around 800 million Indians using the Internet. This figure is expected to cross 100 crores over the next two years, the ministry said.

Second, the Digital India Campaign has already positioned India as a leader in innovation in Public services, Fintech, Health and Education etc and third, the accelerated digitalization of the government and the overall economy shall increase the rate of digital adoption in the country, it added.

The minister also highlighted the proactive approach of the Narendra Modi government in translating potential into reality.

Citing the success of the world’s largest technology driven vaccination campaign, he remarked that “For decades multiple narratives have been built around India’s rich demographic dividend to highlight India’s potential. However, over the last 7 years, we saw how combination of decisive leadership and proactive policies can convert potential into reality".

The minister further said,“Our ambitions in 2021 are more than what they were in 2014 and significantly much more than any time before that. We have absolute clarity on these ambitions and on the road map ahead. The Math of 1 trillion Dollar digital economy is clear in our mind".

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