EY and FICCI have put forward policy recommendations to the Government aimed at providing an impetus to the Indian telecoms sector, thus driving the coveted “Digital India” agenda.
Commenting on the current scenario, Prashant Singhal, Global Telecommunications Leader, EY, said, “Digital Bharat is the only growth engine which will have the potential to transform India into a knowledge led economy and society. It is thus imperative for us to overcome the current challenges and bridge the digital divide which would also act as a catalyst to the economic growth. Moreover, information and communications technology (ICT) is at the bedrock of harnessing India’s young population and harvesting it to make India a lead economy. INR 1 lakh crore program will bring the power of ICT in the hands of the aam aadmi. It will enable India to gain leadership in adoption and manufacturing of IT products and services and empower citizens with digital inclusion and job opportunities. This is what we truly see as ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’. Moreover, telecom should be considered a critical infrastructure sector and its financing needs should be addressed accordingly.”