The government's initiative on connecting the country through e-governance programme is likely to shoot the rate of desktop buyers in the next two years. Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) in its industry performance review 2005-2006 stated that consumption in government sector has increased by 33 per cent.
The industry performance review revealed thatThe number of desktop buyers in the government sector will increase due to the e-governance programme roll-out. MAIT said that compared to other three sectors- factory locations, office locations and outlets, the number of desktop buyers in the government sector is low. According to the survey the government sector contributed 3 per cent among the desktop buyers. With the penetration of kiosks and personal computers in the rural areas, this sector will witness a steady growth in the next 2 years. Consumption in the factory locations grew by 46 per cent, retail outlets recorded a growth of 127 per cent.
Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and IT had announced that Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh has proposed for broadband connectivity to the Secondary and Higher Secondary schools in the country by 2007. All public health care centers and Gram Panchayats would also be provided broadband coverage, which would give boost to the desktop sales. The sales of notebook is also likely to grow more with the education institutes making its compulsory for students to own a notebook. Not only the management institutes, other educational institutes are also insisting on one notebook for one student.