Facebook Has Enormous Potential for Growth in India: Ravi Shankar Prasad

A man is silhouetted against a video screen with an Facebook logo as he poses with an Dell laptop in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of ZenicaCommunications and Information Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday said social networking website Facebook has an enormous potential to grow in India in areas like education, healthcare and other creative sectors.

“We discussed a lot. Facebook has a very powerful presence in India, next only to US. There is enormous scope for expansion of Facebook, which is already a very popular platform in India. There is a need to work together in the field of education, in the field of health and other creative exposures,” Prasad told media persons here after meeting Facebook’ chief operating officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg, who is currently visiting India.

“I am very happy to know that Facebook is there in nine Indian languages and I have emphasised upon the need to take up few other Indian languages more, which they have readily agreed,” he said.

“We wish to work together. There is immense scope to work together. I have asked them to come with a structured request about the areas of cooperation on which we can work and surely the ministry of IT will be more than keen to help them to ensure more expansive reach in India,” the minister added.

According to the minister, Sandberg also had a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the morning.

“We tend to work together along with the prime minister and our local leader to give common people access to services – e-governance services, education, basic services so that they can connect to each other and to the world economy,” Sandberg said.

She mentioned about the usage of Facebook and other social networking sites by the Bharatiya Janata Party during the elections. “The ability to talk to people directly and to listen to people is profound,” she added.



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