India will touch 500 million internet users mark by the end of 2016, union Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “India now has 400 million internet connections. We thought we will have more than 500 million users by 2017. I am hopeful that it will happen this year,” he said at the launching of e-book.
Corroborating the growing penetration of internet, he stated more people at present read newspapers online than the readership top 10 Indian newspapers taken together. This is a marked change and I don’t wonder if people say total good bye to printed news papers one day, he remarked.
Saying that the country is in the cusp of digital revolution the minister added, India first observes technology, then adopts it and finally enjoys it.
Prasad said the people of the country are forcing change in the technology sector.
Talking about the present National Democratic Alliance government’s pro-technology approach, he said: “We even take complaints from people in social media. Social media is empowering and enlightening people.”