Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY) is on the anvil of making it mandatory for all mobile handsets being manufactured or sold in India to come loaded with multi-language support feature.
Only about 10 per cent of Indians are conversant and comfortable in transacting in English language. The government believes that absence of multi-language support feature has been a major obstacle towards achieving a higher smartphone/internet penetration.
The move is aimed at catalysing the ‘Digital India’ vision and to bring E-Governance within easy reach of every Citizen. The government expects to create momentous impact on the speed of governance and the way utilities and services such as education, health, permissions, licenses etc., are accessed by citizens.
As per the scheme of things, DeitY has already instructed the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to formally come out with an Indian Standard that could be used for implementation of the same. The final standard will be issued soon after consultations with the handset manufacturing industry and other stakeholders
All future handsets will have a minimum 4MB of memory out of which 2MB would be reserved for official Indian Languages support. Incoming messages can be read in all 14 scripts, 22 official Indian languages, while, one can input text in English, Hindi and at least one additional Indian Language.