IT spending is low in India

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 08:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Though India was making rapid strides in offering IT services to other nations, the level of IT spending within the country was still low, the Minister for Communications and IT, Dayanidhi Maran said.

He said, “The Planning Commission had recommended that Government's IT spending should be two to three percent, we did not reach that target. But Government is trying to improve its IT spending. We are now trying to reach 100,000 villages through e-Governance initiative.” With 600,000 villages in India, providing computer connectivity to 100,000 villages would create a honeycomb effect.

“As a prelude to this, the Government has started asking the States to roll out State Wide Area Network,” he added.

Responding to infrastructure issues raised by various players during the session, Maran urged both domestic and multinational companies to look beyond Bangalore for growing their operations. The development of IT needs to be spread out.

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