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India needs to better handle electronics waste: PM Modi

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India Mobile Congress 2020 highlighted that the country needs to look at effective ways to handle electronic waste. “Due to technological upgradation, we have a culture of replacing handsets and gadgets frequently. Can the industry form a task-force to think of a better way of handling the electronic waste & create a circular economy,” he said while addressing the event online. IMC 2020 is being organised by the department of telecommunications and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
The PM also stressed on the importance of 5G deployment in India to further boost the digital economy. “We need to work together to ensure a timely roll out of 5G to leapfrog into the future and empower millions of Indians,” the PM said.
On the other hand, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani announced that Reliance Jio will enable 5G connectivity in India in 2021.“…Policy steps are needed to accelerate early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere. I assure you that JIO will pioneer the 5G Revolution in India in the second half of 2021. It will be powered by indigenous-developed network, hardware and technology components,” he added.
The PM also stressed that startups in India need to think beyond profitable exit. “A lot of young techies tell me that it is the code which makes a product special. Some entrepreneurs tell me that it is concept which matters more. Investors suggest that it is capital which is important to scale a product. But often, what matters the most is the conviction which youngsters have on their product. Sometimes conviction is all that stands between just a profitable exit and making of a unicorn,” he said.

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