Here's an interesting snippet from President Kalam of India's recent Independence Day address. What's striking is the sheer numbers being talked about as India continues to grow as a global player in the ICT and outsourcing marketplace. It also indicates India's focus on using technology to advance prosperity across the entire country, rural areas included.
"The Indian ICT Industry is growing at about 28 percent per annum. This is definitely a strong indicator that the ICT industry requires a national mission to realize $200 billion turnover by 2012. Job opportunities are expected to grow from one million to nearly 9 million direct jobs and 6 million indirect jobs in the construction, retail and transportation industries by 2010.
The Government of India is creating a Pan-African e-network for connecting 53 African countries. In a similar way, India has proposed to extend the services to Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Many State Governments are in the process of implementing e-Governance services and creating State Wide Area Network across their States. I am happy to say that the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has decided to invest Rs. 24,000 crore for establishing an e-governance network and Government to Citizens Services across the country within five years time. Through capacity building, job opportunities, better consumer protection laws and secure infrastructure, ICT would enable economic growth to higher levels of prosperity in India."
For the full address, check out the page on the President's own website.