In order to spread the usage of computer and computer
literacy amongst the masses, the government of India (GOI)
is talking to computer manufacturers to make a personal
computer for less than Rs10,000.
June there will be a computer priced below Rs10,000 in
the market," announced Dayanidhi Maran, union minister
for communications & IT. Addressing the press after
launching Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited''s (BSNL) broadband
service, Dataone, he also said the central government
is planning to give all the schools in the country computers
free of cost so that children become familiar with computers
at an early age. The sub-Rs10,000 computer will come handy
for this project.
also said that the government''s focus is to popularise
computing in regional languages. "We have spoken
to Microsoft Corporation in this connection. The US company
has agreed to launch its operating software in different
Indian languages. The Tamil version of MS Office will
be launched soon."
queried about the encouragement given to Indian-born software
companies that have developed similar office suites, he
said, "Shakti software is there in India. The government
has asked various departments to given preference to Indian
to him the government will also allow free downloading
of regional language fonts from its website so that internet
content in Indian languages could be developed at a lower
launching BSNL''s Dataone, service Maran said, the public
sector company will start offering broadband internet
connectivity at speeds starting from 256kbps and going
up to 20 MB. "By February 2005, the service will
be offered in 198 cities. By the end of this year, BSNL
will have a broadband subscriber base of 1 million."
home users, BSNL charges Rs500 per month (annual rate
Rs5,000) for a 256 kbps connection and Rs1,200 (annual
for business subscribers. The download and upload limits
are 1GB for home users and 4GB for business accounts.