“If postman can deliver mobile phones, sarees, jewellery and apparels then why not Ganga water?” he said.
In the first phase of the outreach campaign, which will run till July, 16 vans will cover 34 districts of nine states: Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.
Foxconn’s top official meets IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to push for full-fledged facility
The minister said even as he supported growth of the telecom sector, quality of services was key as the government wants to ensure its services reach citizens through their mobile phones.
In a detailed interview with Pranav Mukul, Prasad spoke about not only the course corrections he made but also the new tracks he has laid for the industry’s progress.
The postal department’s revenues by ways of COD consignments from e-commerce majors have surged to Rs 1,300 crore during the year ending March 2016.
India Post’s payment bank is slated for a March 2017 launch.
Ministers Najma Heptullah and Maneka Gandhi were seen busy with their smart phones in the afternoon, even as MPs raised concerns about the commercialisation of healthcare.
“Government has decided to conduct special audit for three subsequent financial years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. The process is under way,” Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
In the past, Prasad has said that the country’s import bill on electronics was second only to that of oil, adding that the Centre would work to increase domestic manufacturing of electronic goods to reduce import dependence.
A senior government official said that all the three Chinese firms informed Prasad of their intent to invest in India, particularly in areas of research and development, and manufacturing.
Prasad also said while on one hand the Delhi government “expects cooperation” from the Centre, “their ministers use such a condemnable, shameful language” against the Prime Minister.
The government had revamped its scheme for CSCs by rebranding it as CSC 2.0.
The minister said that the core banking linkage of post offices was bigger than that of State Bank of India, which has 16,333 CBS-enabled branches.
This government has promoted and democratised the Internet like no other in the past