Focus on meeting cyber-security challenges, Modi tells IT industry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 22:30 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the domestic infotech industry to focus on meeting the global challenge of cyber-security and exploit the huge opportunity to generate wealth and fame for country.

“The entire world is concerned about cyber security and Indian IT professionals could do a lot for cyber-safety of digital assets across the world,” he said at a special event to mark IT industry body Nasscom’s 25th year.

He also called Nasscom members to participate in a competition to develop software and apps for the Prime Minister’s Office, and ways and means to execute it.

Speaking of the Digital India initiative, the Prime Minister said e-governance also implies easy governance, as well as economical governance. He said government is building IT infrastructure, and would adopt innovations suggested by the IT industry.

Modi said technology was helping curb corruption, and cited the examples of the coal block auctions and the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG subsidy.

He felt there is an urgent need to eliminate India’s ‘digital divide’. Modi said the world would need “digital godowns” in the near future, where companies could park their data securely.

Lauding Nasscom for its contribution to the IT sector in India, the Prime Minister noted that rarely has an organisation transformed into a movement in such a short span of time.

He also urged the IT sector to boost tourism. “One way of doing this is to make virtual museums that showcase India’s heritage,” he said. He called upon industry leaders to contribute towards creating e-libraries for schools.

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