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E-governance spurts desktop sales in public sector

Posted by egovindia on June 30, 2006

E-governance spurts desktop sales in public sector 
Government sector contributed 3 per cent among the desktop buyers
 
Friday, June 30, 2006

 http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2006/106063010.asp

Bhaskar Hazarika

NEW DELHI: The government’s initiative on connecting the country through e-governance program is likely to shoot the rate of desktop buyers in the next two years.

Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) in its industry performance review stated that the number of desktop buyers in the government sector will increase due to the e-governance program roll-out.

The industry performance review 2005-2006 revealed that consumption in government sector has increased by 33 per cent. Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director, MAIT said that compared to other three sectors- factory locations, office locations and outlets, the number of desktop buyers in the government sector is low. According to the survey the government sector contributed 3 per cent among the desktop buyers.

“This sector will see a steady growth in the number of desktop buyers in the as the government is initiating the e-government program. With the penetration of kiosks and personal computers in the rural areas, this sector will witness a steady growth in the next 2 years,” Mehta said. Consumption in the factory locations grew by 46 per cent, retail outlets recorded a growth of 127 per cent.

Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and IT had announced that HRD Minister Arjun Singh has proposed for broadband connectivity to the Secondary and Higher Secondary schools in the country by 2007. All public health care centers and Gram Panchayats would also be provided broadband coverage, which would give boost to the desktop sales.

Mehta said that the sales of notebook is also likely to grow more with the education institutes making its compulsory for students to own a notebook. “Most of the colleges and educational institutes have made it mandatory for students to have a notebook, which will add more to the number of notebook sales in the country. Not only the management institutes, other educational institutes are also insisting on one notebook for one student,” Mehta said.

©CyberMedia News

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