‘Technologies can add $1 tn/year to Indian economy by 2025’

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New Delhi | Published: December 17, 2014 2:02:48 AM

Amid increased focus of the Narendra Modi government on harnessing technology to change lives, a study by McKinsey Global Institute...

Amid increased focus of the Narendra Modi government on harnessing technology to change lives, a study by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) has said a dozen “empowering technologies” — ranging from mobile internet to cloud computing to advanced genomics — could potentially add up to $1 trillion a year to the indian economy by 2025.

Used together, these technologies — categorised broadly into those that digitize life and work, smart physical systems and technologies for rethinking energy — could account for 20-30% of the country’s GDP growth between 2012 and 2025 and help millions achieve a better quality of life, according to the study titled ‘India’s Technology Opportunity: Transforming Work, Empowering People’, released on Tuesday.

While technology applications such as mobile payments can address the problem of financial inclusion by helping as many as 300 million people gain access to banking services, digital technologies in the education sector can help produce about 24 million more educated workers.

The study said about 90 million farmers could raise productivity with real-time market information and as many as 22 million through precision farming. These improvements have the potential to raise incomes of 100 million farmers and bring better nutrition to 300-400 million consumers. Similarly, “disruptive technologies” could transform the delivery of public health services, extending care through remote health services, including delivering expert consultations via mobile internet.

It said hybrid and GM crops, precision farming (using sensors and GIS-based soil, weather, and water data to guide farming decisions), and mobile internet-based farm extension and market information services alone could help create more than half the $45-80 billion a year in additional value by 2025.

In financial services, the technology applications could raise incomes by 5-30% of the 300 million people they are expected to help, thanks to better access to credit and the ability to save and make remittances. The sized applications could translate into economic value of $32-140 billion per year by 2025.

In education, the report estimates an economic impact of $60-90 billion a year by 2025 from higher productivity of more highly educated workers. In the healthcare sector, using “Internet of Things” tracking systems to curb counterfeit drugs could be worth as much as $15 billion a year. The total value of empowering technologies in healthcare could be $25-65 billion a year by 2025.

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