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Budget's digital push to make India transparent economy: IT Minister

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Published Feb 1, 2017, 7:18 pm IST
Updated Feb 1, 2017, 7:20 pm IST
In a bid to push digital payments, the Budget has also proposed duty exemption on PoS machines and Iris readers.
Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after cabinet meeting in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)
 Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after cabinet meeting in New Delhi. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: Terming the Budget as "digitally empowering", IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that technology-backed initiatives announced will help India become a more transparent economy.

The Budget has proposed a slew of initiatives for digitisation including expansion of optical fibre network, launch of `Digi Gaon' initiative aimed at providing telemedicine, education and skills through use of technology, and new schemes to promote the use of mobile app BHIM.

 

In a bid to push digital payments, the Budget has also proposed duty exemption on PoS machines and Iris readers.

"There is a big digital push in this Budget...From expanding the optical fibre support system to Digi Gaon...to using digital connect in a big way for taking 50,000 gram panchayats out of poverty," Prasad said.

He added that the Budget proposals are transformational and designed to make India a transparent economy.

"It is a very transformational Budget designed to make India a transparent economy, rewarding the compliant and penalising the deviant," he said.

 

Highlighting the underlying thrust of technology on programmes across-the-board including those relating to rural India, the Minister said, "rural also has to become a part of the digital transformation".

"The real aspiration now lies in the rural economy of India, which is waiting to be tapped for extraordinary growth," he said.

"It is a transformational, inclusive budget, digitally empowering Budget, designed to make India an honest country," he added.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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