NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday allayed fears of job loss due to technological development, saying the '4th Industrial Revolution' will change the nature of jobs and provide more opportunities.
Speaking at the launch of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he said his government is open to policy changes to help reap the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution.
"Our diversity, our demographic potential, fast-growing market size and digital infrastructure has potential to make India a global hub for research and implementation," he said.
While the previous industrial revolutions eluded the country, India's contribution to the 4th Industrial Revolution would be astonishing, he said.
"India was not independent when the first and second industrial revolution happened. When the third industrial revolution happened, India was struggling with challenges of just attained independence," he said.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things, blockchain and big data hold the potential to take India to new heights, the Prime Minister said.
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Blockchain, Big Data & several other new technologies have the capacity to take development in India to new heights, generate new employment opportunities & enhance life of every Indian: PM Narendra Modi in #Delhi pic.twitter.com/3MDOzHSJQm
— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2018
Reeling out the achievements of his government, Modi said teledensity has increased to 93 percent and nearly 50 crore Indians now have mobiles.
India is the largest mobile data consuming country in the world and also the one with the cheapest data rates, he said, adding mobile data consumption has increased 30 times in four years.
Over 120 crore Indians have Aadhaar, he said, adding work to connect all the 2.5 lakh village panchayats with optic fibre would be completed soon.
In 2014, only 59 panchayats were connected with optic fibre while presently 1 lakh are connected, Modi said.