On Thursday, India’s Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said that the government would be working on a policy on buying multitech devices to tackle the digital divide.
He also said that there would be an “appropriate policy for buying such devices” for government offices.
The ministry had earlier this month asked IT companies to come up with a plan for government-owned businesses to buy multitech machines to replace office-based PCs and tablets.
The policy, first reported by The Times of India, said the government will set a target of acquiring 100 million units of multitech by 2020.
The goal of the new policy is to provide access to technology and software, which will enable better communication and information access for citizens.
But it also includes the suggestion that businesses should not buy machines for the purpose of office use.
In a blog post, the ministry said, “The government is seeking inputs on what constitutes a suitable purchase of the devices from all stakeholders and will seek the views of all stakeholders in the coming days.
It is necessary to take a decision on the appropriate use of such devices to address the digital challenge and ensure a seamless communication between the government and the people.”
The ministry said that while it would consider all suggestions on the policy, it would also look into the financial impact of buying machines.
Multitech, the company that makes the multispecific computers that can be used by all employees in India, is one of the biggest players in the market.
The company’s latest product, the M8, is an enterprise-class computer, which is powered by Intel’s Atom processor.
The machine costs about ₹30,000 (about $5,000), while the cheapest version, the C-series, costs about $5 ($4.50).
India has around one billion people, and the country is expected to grow to around 1.3 billion people by 2030, according to the Indian Statistical Institute.