Internet users may increase to 50 crore in 5-8 months: RS Prasad

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar has revealed that the number of Internet users in the country is expected to go up to 50 crore, from the current over 40 crore, in next 5-8 months.

“According to our estimate, out of these, 70 percent people are going to access Internet through mobile phones,” Prasad said.

About 100 crore people, out of the population of India of nearly 125 crore, have mobile phones, the minister said, adding that every month, 20-35 lakh mobile users are added.

The Telecom and Information Technology Minister also said that there are about 95 crore Aadhaar card holders in the country and the government has made the Aadhaar card mandatory for reaping the benefits of many schemes to promote good governance.

If the Supreme Court gives nod, then the Aadhaar card will be made mandatory for all government schemes, he added.

Prasad also said that the government is working towards connecting 2.50 lakh gram panchayats in the country through optical fibre network. When all the gram panchayats would be linked through this network, then e-business, e-education, e-health and other projects could be started in villages, he added.