Vastavam web: President Ram Nath Kovind today said the future of the country’s economy and employment creation depends heavily on the success the nation achieves with Digital India.Terming Information Technology as “a force multiplier” for the entire service economy, Kovind said it has played a game changing role in health-care, education, tourism and many other industries.”I must emphasise that IT is not just important in itself. It is a force multiplier for the entire services economy,” the President opined.
Pointing out Kerala’s potential and growth in the digital sector, he said it is one of India s most connected states, with among the highest rates of mobile phone penetration.”Kerala is potentially a power-house of Digital India. I understand that the government is making efforts to bridge the digital divide and provide free Internet connections to two million poorer families by using a new optic fibre network,” he said.Kerala’s strengths in basic literacy and skills and the experience of the state’s people in the services sector and in consumer driven industries make it “a natural for an IT ecosystem”, he said, adding he is confident that the early development of Technocity would only accelerate this process.
Kovind lavished praise on the state’s achievements in various sectors, including health care, education, tourism.Noting that many hospitals and medical centres in and outside the country cannot function without the “ever smiling and ever attentive sisters from Kerala”, he said health care workers from the state, both men and women,are internationally sought after.Without the hard work of Keralites, the economies of the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries would not be the same, Kovind added.Technocity, coming up on a 400 acre campus at nearby Pallippuram, is aimed at fostering emerging and high-end technologies and research and development in this regard.