Leveraging tech for inclusivity
The momentum of India’s economic progress is both a matter of celebration and a matter of concern. India’s progress stands threatened by a number of factors that business and government must note and address. Primary amongst these are: (1) The growth of the middle class and its implications (2) The need for higher standards of education and skill development (3) Infrastructure improvement and the availability of information (4) Food security, nutrition and the need to address the agricultural sector.
In each of these areas, technology can be called upon to play a critical role. It would be the role of an enabler that delivers equitable growth to all the players and actors involved.
The growth of the middle class and the need for better education are combined. The growth of the middle class presents an opportunity from a business point of view, but a nightmare from a governance perspective. Depending on whom you count in the middle class, the number for India varies from 30 million to 300 million. In 2005, the World Bank estimated the group at 264 million. This constitutes the single largest group in the country – but its significance lies in its rapid growth. It is
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