The government is spending Rs 1 lakh crore to bring in second-generation revolution in the telecom sector, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's adviser on public information infrastructure & innovations Sam Pitroda said.
Pitroda, who was in Ahmedabad to explain how the government was to democratize information, said that there was a need to bring drastic changes to the governance system as it had become obsolete. He said it changes were not made in time; it would not be possible to manage future delivery system for citizens.
He added that the second-generation revolution in the telecom sector would transform governance, health, education, along with several other things.
Speaking about the spending plans, he said, "This is the only government in the world which is spending Rs 1 lakh crore to implement various schemes for second-generation revolution in telecom sector."
He pointed out that the seeds of the first-generation telecom revolution had been sowed in mid-eighties, when people had to wait for as many as ten years to get a landline phone installed. He pointed out that the number of phones jumped from 20 lakh in mid-eighties to a whopping 900 million mobile phones now.
Pitroda stressed that research is the key to future success, and for that reason the government had set up a National Knowledge Network, which would link all research institutes, colleges as well as space programmes with one another.