Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon the Indian information technology (IT) industry to focus on meeting the global challenge of cyber security.
Speaking at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of NASSCOM, the apex industry organisation, he said this was an issue that the entire world was concerned about and felt Indian IT professionals could do a lot for the safety of digital assets around the world.
Mr Modi said that the success of India's youth in the IT sector had made the world start looking at India differently.
He praised NASSCOM for its contribution to the IT sector in India and said that rarely had an organisation transformed into a movement in such a short span of time.
Referring to the theme of today`s function: IT = India Tomorrow, he said there was immense potential for the Indian IT sector to innovate and provide mobile applications to deliver citizen centric services and mobile governance.
Speaking of the Digital India initiative, the Prime Minister said e-governance also implied easy governance, and economical governance. He said Government was building IT infrastructure, and would adopt innovations by the IT industry.
Talking about digital databases, he said the world would need "digital godowns" in the near future. He said the digital divide in India needed to be eliminated.
Mr Modi spoke about how technology was helping to curb corruption. He gave the examples of the coal block auctions, and Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG subsidy, in this regard.
He called upon the IT sector to boost tourism in India. One way of doing this, he said, was to make virtual museums showcasing India`s heritage. He called upon industry leaders to contribute towards creating e-libraries for schools.
The Prime Minister presented "Impact awards" for contribution to industry. He also launched the NASSCOM Innovate for India Challenge, to encourage innovation in the sector.