1.2 billion Indians will be using internet

In next two years 1.2 billion Indians will be using internet, says MoS MeitY Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Presently 80 crore Indians are using internet and in the next two years 1.2 billion Indians will be using it for various purposes from studies to work to entertainment. In this aspect, cyber security plays a vital role and Government of India has created many institutions to make the internet safe and secured, said Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

He was addressing the media today in Chennai on the Draft National Data Centre and Cloud Policy. Apart from working with the private players, the Union government is also working with the State governments to make the cyber space safe as it is becoming inevitable for the day-to-day operations of the people.

Explaining the benefits of the Data Centre Policy, he said as the world is moving to the next generation (Cloud generation), this policy will give a wide opportunity to the start-ups. Answering to a question from a reporter, he said India’s moment to lead the world data and cloud technology is here and the government of India is working to create an enabling environment to achieve this.

The size of the digital economy in India is estimated to grow exponentially from 200 billion dollars to an estimated 1 trillion dollar by 2025-26. Once the policy is implemented, Government of India is expecting 3 lakh crore investment, he added. A detailed discussion with the industrial players was held and their suggestions like cloud space security and the interface between the clouds were duly noted and they will be taken in the final policy, he added.