Modi Government May Give Free Internet Data Packs To Boost ‘Digital India’

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7:26 pm 16 Jan, 2016

Do you wish to get free internet data? Well, it seems that the government may fullfil your wish.

To boost Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ project, the government may provide some amount of mobile Internet data for free to the first-time users.

According to reports, “Digital India’ is a pet programme of the PM and any policy pertaining to Internet will be critical for the success of this ambitious programme.”

It was also revealed that the free internet data packs will be provided along the lines of LPG subsidy.

In the LPG subsidy scheme, the subsidies are directly transferred to people through their bank accounts in order to reduce delays, corruption etc.

 

Free internet data, if provided, will be given to boost 'Digital India' project HT

Free internet data, if provided, will give a boost to ‘Digital India’ project
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Also, a second meeting comprising Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the (Prime Minister’s Office) PMO, and Harsh Vardhan, minister of state for science & technology, and Communications & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was scheduled to ensure that Prime Minister Office (PMO) views were incorporated in the final policy.

The PMO is, reportedly, watching the progress on this very closely.


 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Digital India project IndianExpress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Digital India project
IndianExpress

The PMO has stepped in the matter on the on-going debate on ‘differential pricing of data services’ in the wake of the controversy generated by Facebook’s Free Basics.

Free Basics, which was earlier known as Internet.org, is a platform through which users will be given access to its content for free. But that would be done in partnership with telecom operators.

For now, Facebook has agreed on allowing differential pricing of data services, which means, that consumer has to pay different prices for using different websites, applications and platforms.

 

Facebook Free Basics advertisement in Indian newspapers IndianEXpress

Facebook Free Basics advertisement in Indian newspapers
IndianEXpress

However, the social media giant received a lot of flak in India; many criticised it for attempting to control the Internet and violating net neutrality.

Facebook has been trying to woo both the government and the people. Despite Zuckerberg’s own push, Facebook is finding it difficult to counter the doubts raised by net neutrality activists and Indian businesses.

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