Post-Budget quote from Mr. Alok Sinha, President & Head, Global Applications & Engineering Services, Country Manager-India, Xchanging:
When the Prime Minister announced his 10-point agenda barely a week after taking the top office, he outlined education as one of the top priorities. The country’s focus on his assertive announcement was how much effort would be made to translate this into an environment that promotes education as a key to nation building. The Union Budget for 2014-15 has echoed the outline laid out by the honourable Prime Minister with the announcement of the ‘Digital India’ initiative, amongst others. The initiative, which aims to set up broadband networks in villages and rural areas by bridging the urban-rural technological divide, will be a comprehensive step towards addressing the impediments in the growth of rural areas. Internet-enabled smart classrooms will help connect children in rural areas with qualified teachers and learning tools, that have so far, largely been limited to the urban population.
The ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme is an imaginative and important step to uplift the girl child. The National multi-scale programme ‘Skill India’ to provide training and support for employment is another step to realize the importance of education in alleviating all socio-economic problems.
The finance minister also mentioned that he is committed to providing 24×7 power supply to all homes – a logical approach to ensure that technology is not lost in the din of poor infrastructure. The honourable FM presented the budget with a simple idea of minimum government and maximum governance and with the budget, assuring entrepreneurs and the citizens that nation building is a top priority.