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When Prime Minister Narendra Modi is urging every individual in the country to go cashless and opt the digital path, the role of software industry becomes all the more important and relevant, IT minister KT Rama Rao said.
He was speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA) that was held at HICC on Wednesday.“We are all looking at a digitised India where the Prime Minister is laying emphasis on mobile banking. It becomes highly important for an association like HYSEA to start innovating and catering not just to the urban, technologically-equipped population, but also those in the rural areas,” Rama Rao said.
FC Kohli, who is known as the father of the Indian software industry, was felicitated by Rama Rao on the occasion. The 93-year-old pointed that there are 800 million people who cannot communicate in English.
“Does this mean that they cannot have access to or use computing and software services?” Kohli said. Agreeing with him, Rama Rao said that is the issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Jayesh Ranjan, IT secretary pointed that if Hyderabad in on the global map today, it is mainly because of the boom in the IT sector. “Six mn sq ft of area in the city currently has been occupied by the IT industry in 2015. That is a record. Hyderabad is competing with the best global cities and with industries growing, challenges and opportunities are also increasing. We need to ensure that the IT eco-systems are secured,” he said.

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