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Niti Aayog requests central ministries and states to use AI for solving social sector problems

May 16, 2019
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Niti Aayog has written to central ministries and states requesting them to use artificial intelligence (AI) for solving problems in social sectors like health, education and agriculture. Further, the think-tank has asked ministries and states to identify key projects where AI could be adopted to resolve problems.

According to Niti Aayog’s estimates, AI has the potential to add an incremental value of $957 billion to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035 and boost the country’s annual growth by 1.3 percentage points by 2035. Further, AI can add $15.7 trillion to the global GDP by 2030, making it the biggest commercial opportunity in today’s dynamic economy.

Further, Niti Aayog, which has a team that works on the AI programmes, has offered to extend help to ministries and states for providing necessary support, connecting to the concerned stakeholders and any other matter.

Earlier, in June 2018, Niti Aayog had released the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence which is aimed at positioning India as a trailblazer for emerging economies. The strategy identifies five sectors - healthcare, agriculture, education, smart cities and infrastructure and smart mobility and transportation, for a more focused government involvement to promote the adoption of AI. It strives to leverage AI for promoting economic growth, social development and inclusive growth.

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