“There is a need for investment in basic infrastructure in the virtual world along with the need for constant research and applications to be developed. The first political task is to gather all the forces together i.e. the central government, state governments, civil society to ensure there is realization that for India virtual world is the future,” added the minister.
Governments should not be looking at filling up their pockets but should be looking at empowering people and fill up their pockets. This has to be the objective and policy of the government, not just in telecom but across the board, said the minister.
Sibal said that there is a need for developing an industry to manufacture the right devices, which is the second imperative as networks are of no use in the absence of devices. “If we are going to import devices at heavy costs then the dream of empowering rural India won’t be realized,” added Sibal.
Sharing his views on the need of a robust content industry in India, the minister further said, “I am making a project for developing content of folktales of India on the Internet for our children so they learn about their roots, traditions and culture and that’s how India has to move forward.”