Government likely to spend $7.2 billion on IT : Gartner


digital-indiaAs part of the Digital India drive, the Indian government’s expenditure on Information Technology products may reach 7.2 billion dollars in 2016. This is 2.4 percent up against last year, according to a report by Gartner Inc.

Government wants to connect 1.2 billion Indians through internet and provide its services online at an estimated investment of Rs 1.13 lakh crore over the next three to five years.

This is $200 million more than what Gartner had projected in June. The forecast included spending by central and state governments on internal services, software, IT services, data centres, devices and telecom services.

“The e-governance initiatives to simplify digital channels and data-driven initiatives are driving investments in the government and are anticipated to grow through 2020,” said Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner.

“The Digital India initiatives are making government processes streamlined and integrating the data repositories.”