Prime Minister Narender Modi has been in the news for long. And this time he is back with his ambitious e-governance initiative, ‘DIGITAL INDIA’. With an aim to proffer an advanced living environment to the country, there is a lot included in this dream project. Here is all you need to learn about digital India campaign.
After the success of clean India mission, the government of India is now all set to chase their dream of ‘Digital India’. Under the supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi this ambitious initiative, will be the next in the priority list of the government.
Recently, he inaugurated the ‘Digital India’ week in New Delhi.With an aim to reform governance through technology, the vision of this ‘Digital India’ campaign includes growth of several areas such as manufacturing, employment sector, electronic services, products, and lots more.From the very first day in his office, he has always shown his interest in a digitizing campaign for India. It just aim to bridge the gap between government initiatives and the citizens of India.
Before we move deeper inside the accomplishment and consequences of this ‘big’ dream, first have a quick glimpse at the major projects and policies of the event:
- With an aims to minimize the usage of physical documents, the new digital locker system enables the citizens sharing of the e-documents, which will be done with the help of registered repositories. Hence, you can rest assure on the authenticity of the documents available online.
- The most awaited framework eSign helps you to digitally sign a document online. It will basically use the person’s Aadhaarcard authentication.
- The most talked about ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ is now accessible on your smartphones. The SBM Mobile app allows the Government organizations and citizens to carry out this mission of clean India smoothly.
- The new gift to the health care industry and the citizens is the Online Registration System. Launched under the digital week campaign is theeHospital application, which gives you access to numerous services including online registration, online diagnostic reports, online payment of fees, online appointment, online enquiry for availability of blood and lots more.
- Providing a platform to the people for better engagement in governance, MyGov.in works on three pillars, i.e. “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate”. Along this, the mobile App enables these amazing features on your mobile phone.
- For the education sector, the comprehensive solution, National Scholarships Portal brings forth an end to end scholarship process. Ranging from the submissions of the student application form andexpenses to the verification and sanction of the benefits, the scholarships detail will be available here.
- Launching the high speed digital highway, Bharat Net, the campaign aimsbuild up the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project. It will be joining 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of the country using optical fiber.
- An IP based technology, the Next Generation Network replaces the 30 year old exchanges. This is an initiative by BSNL, which will assist in management of services such as data, multimedia, voice, video, etc. In addition, BSNL has also undertaken large scale deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots.
- Another initiative taken by DeitY, i.e. Digitize India Platform is now available to maintain the large scale digitization of records in the country, which basically aims toward efficient delivery of services. It also features e- Governance domain like e-Kranti Framework, E-mail Policy of Government of India, Re-Engineering Guidelines for Cloud Ready Applications, Framework for Adoption of Open Source Software in e-Governance Systems, Policy on Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for Government of India, Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India, etc.
- The Electronics Development Fund Policy helps to develop a self-sufficient eco-system of venture funds. It will bridge the gap between early stage angel funding and venture funding for technology areas including electronics, nano-electronics and IT.
- This digital venture also brings good news for the BPO centers. New set ups in the North-Eastern states and rural areas train nearly one crore students. It aims to develop a skilled workforce for BPOs and the IT sector in next 5 years.
A thought from the Prime Minister’s Desk…
As far Modi’s dream and vision is concerned, it is not something new. For long, he has been focusing on development of IT sector in the country to augment the economical conditions here. According to his statement last year, “IT plus IT is equal to IT i.e. India Talent plus Information Technology is equal to India Tomorrow. The IT sector can be the shining light of brand India”. But, the question arises how?
How can IT sector contribute to Digital India?
Do you know that India has the third-highest number of Internet users in the world? While this seems to be an applauding news, yet the barracking note is that when it comes to penetration, it is just 12.58% of the country’s population.
There is a lot to be done and it calls for collaborative efforts of all the IT companies and professionals of the country. Here is something they need to look upon:
Reducing the digital divide:
Well, the Digital India project aims to benefit the people in remote villages with help of IT services, therefore these firms and their employees should work for the welfare of the rural areas too. Just like the availability of roads, schoolsand electricity is important to bring out drastic changes, now the information technology, optical network (and) broadband facility needs to be added in the list of fundamentals.
A lot development has been observed in the hardware sector. It has contributed significantly to the India’s GDP. Now it’s high time for the software section. Whether it is about e-commerce or various application development, IT firms can support the campaign greatly. It can bring ease to life and support to the system. The digital revolution in the country and the boost to development of software will provide transparent and efficient governance. Along this, it will act as bridge for the rich-poor divide.
Social Media can help:
Prime Minister is himself very active on Social networking sites. He keep updating his events and strategies through his twitter handle @narendramodi. As far as Digital India campaign is considered, IT companies can frame surveys, online polls, and several other programs to preach its aspects. They can enhance the reach of Government and act as a medium that helps in understanding the people’s needs, ambition and problems of people. It is just similar to adding new inspiration and strength. And somewhere or the other way, it will help the IT industry to will flourish and make India progress.
For now, the IT industry is heavily banking on this visionary venture, ‘Digital India’. There are number of issues, which still needs to be addressed for complete revolution of India into a connected information economy. But one thing is sure that stronger is the government’s collaboration with the IT companies, greater results can be expected for the next generation!