The Cabinet has
recently approved the National Policy on Information Technology 2012.
The Policy aims to leverage Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
to address the ountry’s economic and developmental challenges. The
policy is rooted in the conviction that ICT has the power to transform
the lives of people.
ICT and Electronics are contributing significantly to the Indian
economy, society and governance. IT is a key driver of the knowledge
based global economy. The right policies and investment in
infrastructure can strengthen and enhance India’s position as a global
IT power-house. Use of IT can transform our economy, enhance equity and
lead to improvement in development indices. The Policy envisages the
growth of the IT market to USD 300 Billion and creation of additional 10
million employments by 2020.
The thrust areas of the policy include:
1. To increase revenues of IT and ITES (Information Technology Enabled
Services) Industry from 100 Billion USD currently to 300 Billion USD by
2020 and expand exports from 69 Billion USD currently to 200 Billion USD
2. To gain significant global market-share in emerging technologies and
3. To promote innovation and R&D in cutting edge technologies and
development of applications and solutions in areas like localization,
location based services, mobile value added services, Cloud Computing,
Social Media and Utility models.
4. To encourage adoption of ICTs in key economic and strategic sectors
to improve their competitiveness and productivity.
5. To provide fiscal benefits to SMEs and Startups for adoption of IT in
6. To create a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower in ICT.
7. To make at least one individual in every household e-literate.
8. To provide for mandatory delivery of and affordable access to all
public services in electronic mode.
9. To enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency, reliability and
decentralization in Government and in particular, in delivery of public
10. To leverage ICT for key Social Sector initiatives like Education,
Health, Rural Development and Financial Services to promote equity and
11. To make India the global hub for development of language
technologies, to encourage and facilitate development of content
accessible in all Indian languages and thereby help bridge the digital
12. To enable access of content and ICT applications by differently-abled
people to foster inclusive development.
13. To leverage ICT for expanding the workforce and enabling life-long
14. To strengthen the Regulatory and Security Framework for ensuring a
Secure and legally compliant Cyberspace ecosystem.
15. To adopt Open standards and promote open source and open
The policy attempts to optimally leverage India’s global edge in ICT to
advance national competitiveness in other sectors, particularly those of
strategic and economic importance. The Policy will promote an inclusive
and equitable society. The Policy is oriented towards use of ICT to
consciously promote decentralization and empowerment of citizens.
The Policy will be notified in the Gazette shortly. Detailed proposals
for individual initiatives will be formulated in consultation with the