Delivering his inaugural address, on the first day of the two-day India Internet Conference (IIC) 2017 on the theme ‘Digital India 4 Sustainable Development’ organised by FICCI in association with the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY), Government of India, PP Chaudhary, Minister of State, Ministry Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology, launched ‘FICCI-Indian Language Internet Alliance (FICCI-ILIA) and released its logo. FICCI, along with founding member Google and other industry stakeholders, has created this initiative. The focus of this alliance is to bring multiple stakeholders of the industry on one platform to facilitate partnerships that help in development of local language content of the Internet in India.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that in the last two years, there has been a three-fold increase in the number of e-transactions and the government was aiming to connect 90 per cent of India with Internet services by 2018. He also said that it was important to leverage technology to enhance quality of education and healthcare. Chaudhary said that the Internet could help in making quality education and healthcare accessible to the last mile and content in Indic languages, and could thus be a game changer.