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Updated: October 8, 2009 09:58 IST

Sam Pitroda is PM's advisor on infrastructure, innovation and information

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Sam Pitroda. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
The Hindu Sam Pitroda. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Sam Pitroda, Chairman, National Knowledge Commission, has been appointed as the Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Infrastructure, Innovation and Information.

The 68-year-old Mr. Pitroda, who was appointed to the new post yesterday, will have the rank of a Cabinet Minister.

Mr. Pitroda will advise Dr. Singh on integrating information communication technology (ICT) in the sectors of infrastructure, health, justice and information.

“I was appointed yesterday. We look at organising integration of national knowledge network and broad band connectivity for better service delivery to the citizens,” Mr. Pitroda told PTI.

He said he would work for the promotion of ICT in all social sectors and in infrastructure. “We will develop an action plan for the next decade which will be a decade for innovation and infrastructure,” he said.

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