MeitY to table proposal for AI-based programmes & Policy for cabinet’s approval

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is finding artificial intelligence a  potential solution to address problems such as language barrier commonly faced issue by the Indians. The ministry expects to get a nod from the cabinet in a month to launch programmes based on the next-generation technology, said senior government officials.

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According to Abhishek Singh, CEO, MyGov and National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the ministry will soon reach out to the cabinet with a policy to launch AI-based programmes. However, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, in a statement said that though the details are not to be discussed publicly yet the ministry is expected to table the proposal for the policy within 60 days. He also mentioned the RAISE 2020 Summit, a conference on AI which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate today in the evening.

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As per the view of Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, “AI will bring tremendous opportunity for India if the talent pool that the country has is used to solve various problems by using the technology.” Adding on, said that there are 22 regional languages and people who know only a particular language are unable to communicate with others. “This is one of the many other problems that artificial intelligence can address,” Sawhney said.

National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (NSAI) highlighted the potential of AI in boosting India’s annual growth rate by 1.3 percentage points by 2035 and identified priority sectors for the deployment of AI with government’s support.

(with inputs from PTI)

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