UPA rule has harmed ICT industry: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 17: BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday took a dig at the Congress-led government, saying the 2G scam affected the growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in the country.

“The speed at which India was progressing in the ICT field was badly hurt by this incident. It is a challenge to recover from this,” Modi said at an ICT business award ceremony organised by Cyber Media.

“The industry which showed progress in the highest speed got the biggest jolt because of this incident,” he said.

On the development of science and technology in India, the Gujarat chief minister said: “We need to innovate according to the needs of the country, then only we can go hand in hand with the world.”

He said that during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, a lot of initiatives were taken in the ICT field, including the formation of an IT ministry.

“Unfortunately in the last one decade, specifically because of the 2G scam, it got a jolt,” he said.

The ICT industry can change the perception of India from a “snake charmer” country to that of a progressive one, Modi said.