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Modi Hails Technology Vital For Self-Reliance

| Updated: March 2, 2022 16:52

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday while addressing a webinar on “technology-enabled development” stated that tech is now a tool for empowering people. He called it the mainstay of making India self-reliant.

The Prime Minister cited the expanding global market for gaming and added that the Budget has focussed on Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming, and Comic (AVGC). Modi called for greater emphasis on sunrise sectors such as artificial intelligence, geo-spatial systems, drones, semiconductors, space technology, genomics, pharmaceuticals and clean technologies. He added the Budget lays down a road map for the 5G spectrum auction. Modi said production-linked incentive schemes have been proposed for design-led manufacturing related to a strong 5G ecosystem. He asked the private sector to increase its efforts in this area.

“…we have to emphasise how to make maximum use of technology for the ease of living,” stated NaMo. He cited investments in housing, railways, airways, waterways, and optical fibres while calling for ideas about using technologies in these areas.

He further asked the private sector to take maximum advantage of the change of rules for the use of geospatial data and the opportunities that have emerged. “The world has seen our reliability… our self-sustainability to the [Covid] vaccine production… We have to replicate this success in every sector.” While hailing the Indian start-up ecosystem, he assured the sector of full support. He emphasised the importance of a robust data security framework for the country and asked the gathering for a roadmap for setting standards and norms for that. 

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