Mobile phone manufacturing in India almost tripled in last 3 years:Prasad

Gandhinagar: Union IT and Electronics Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that in the last 3 years of Modi government the number of mobile phones made in India had almost tripled and he dreamt of taking this number to 50 crores by 2020.

Addressing the event of launch of rural digital literacy campaign and dedication of IIT-Gandhinagar campus at Palaj near here in presence of PM Modi, Prasad said, ‘there were only two mobile factories in India when our government was formed. In last 3 years 104 such factories have been set up of which 52 makes mobile phones and as many chargers and other related equipment. Earlier around five to six crore mobile phones were made in the country but now the number has become 17 crore and my dream was to take this number to 50 crore by 2020.’

He said that in the country with a population of around 130 crores there were 118 crore mobile phones today of which around 50 crores were smart phones. There were a total of 50 crore internet connections. 118 crore Adhar cards, 30 crore Jandhan accounts and through direct benefit transfer 58 thousand crores have been saved. At the time of former PM Rajiv Gandhi 15 paise of each Rs one sent from daily used to reach the poor but today PM Modi sends Rs 1000 and all of it reaches the accounts of poor.

Prasad said that by the end of this year the number village panchayats across the nation with common service centers would reach 2.5 lakhs. ‘The total number of such multi purpose centers which also impart digital literacy was only 80 thousad three years ago. It was now 2 lakhs of which 1.70 lakh were in village panchayats.

He said that the inauguration of IIT and rural digital literacy program from one place shows how the country was changing under PM Modi.
He said that today there were 144 E-hospitals, 400 marketing yards connected with E-Nam benefitting 48 lakh farmers and E-scholarship with 1.5 crores registrations other such digital initiatives in the country.

On the occasion Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that only those countries which go for innovation do progress. His ministry was working on the slogan of good education for all on the lines of development for all with everyone’s participation slogan of PM Modi.


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