Commerce Ministry sets up task force on artificial intelligence

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Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a Task Force chaired by V. Kamakoti of IIT Madras.


To explore possibilities to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) for development across various fields.


  • The ‘task force on AI for India’s Economic Transformation’ will submit concrete and implementable recommendations for government, industry and research institutions.
  • In addition to regular members, it will have official participation from NITI Aayog, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Department of Science & Technology, UIDAI and DRDO.
  • The panel comprises experts, academics, researchers and industry leaders. The Minister said with rapid development in the fields of information technology and hardware, the world is about to witness a fourth industrial revolution. She said driven by the power of big data, high computing capacity, artificial intelligence and analytics, Industry 4.0 aims to digitise the manufacturing sector.


The move comes in the backdrop of the government reviewing the manufacturing and industrial policies.

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recently  had sought inputs from the academia on three topics — the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) review, the proposed revamp of manufacturing and industrial policies, as well as on India’s proposal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on services sector liberalisation.

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