Over the past two years since he became the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad has cleared a lot of pending work in his Ministry, even though people termed him a ‘call drop Minister’. Prasad, who will be completing two years in office on May 26, shares withBusinessLine how the telecom, postal, IT (digital) policies and projects have progressed since he took over. Excerpts:
What are the key points that you think have changed in the telecom and IT space in the past two years?
As Minister, my first priority was to change the profile of the Communications & IT Ministry, as it was known for all the wrong reasons (2G scam). The second priority was to ensure positive growth. The third was to turn around loss-making public sector units. The fourth was leveraging the wide postal network, the fifth was to push electronic manufacturing, and the sixth was to settle all long-pending policy issues. I would like my two years to be known for these benchmarks.