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MeitY (Digital India)
Ravi Shankar Prasad, by profession, is an Indian lawyer, politician and the current Union Minister retaining the Law and Justice, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology portfolios in the Government of India. During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure as a prime minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad was elected as the Minister of Coal and Mines, Minister of Law and Justice, and Minister of Information and Broadcasting. In 2018, he featured among the top twenty influential world leaders in digital technology and e-government as per the information by The Economic Times.
Under his guidance in the technical domain, India significantly enhanced digital inclusion coverage in rural areas, and his administration's work on cybersecurity, data privacy, and numerous new e-governance projects have been considered as a foundation of forming a Digital India.
As Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad is leading the Digital India initiative, since May 2014. He is one of the first leaders globally, who has fully backed the movement of net-neutrality and as a Minister in charge of digital affairs in India refused Facebook the support to run Free Basics in India.
Latterly Apolitical, a UK based think tank, deemed him as one of the top twenty leaders in the list of 100 most prominent people in Digital Government in 2018. He is the only Indian to have a place in the top twenty.