India govt IT spending to grow 9.4% in 2021

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India govt IT spending to grow 9.4% in 2021

India govt IT spending to grow 9.4% in 2021

IANS   ¦    IANS   ¦   Feb 23, 2021 03:55:40 PM (IST)

India govt IT spending to grow 9.4% in 2021-1

Mumbai: Government IT spending in India is set to total $7.3 billion in 2021, a growth of 9.4 percent from 2020, according to a forecast by Gartner on Tuesday.

The first-ever digital census this year will be pivotal in increasing government IT spending in India.

"The government in India will shift from being a cautious spender to opening the fiscal floodgates in 2021," Apeksha Kaushik, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.

"Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Indian government's digital transformation projects were sidelined in 2020. The weakening economy forced the Indian government into reducing their IT spend across all segments last year."

However, in 2021, the Indian government's Atmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India, and Digital India initiatives will take center stage.

The software segment, which includes an application, infrastructure, and vertical-specific software, will experience the strongest growth in 2021, Gartner said.

In 2021, government budgets in India will continue to address the recovery and growth needs of communities and businesses with cost optimization in focus.

"Adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud services, and blockchain will be major focus areas for the Indian government with more emphasis on ethics and privacy," said Kaushik.

"Investments to address digital equity, creating India-specific standards for 5G, and granting access to remote citizen services will be critical."