‘Digital India’

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Nikunj Mall, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Government of India has launch the “Digital India” campaign to develop a digitally empowered society and to digitally integrate the government departments and the citizens of India. It aims at ensuring the government services are made available to people of India electronically. Digital India programme is centered on three key vision areas:

1.Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen:  Availability of high speed internet as a core utility for delivery of services to citizens .Cradle to grave digital identity that is unique, lifelong, online and authenticable to every citizen. Mobile phone & bank account enabling citizen participation in digital & financial space. Easy access to a Common Service Centre Shareable private space on a public cloud .Safe and secure cyber-space.

2.Governance & Services on Demand:  Seamlessly integrated services across departments or jurisdictions. Availability of services in real time from online & mobile platforms.  All citizen entitlements to be portable and available on the cloud. Digitally transformed services for improving ease of doing business .Making financial transactions electronic & cashless. Leveraging Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for decision support systems & development.

3.Digital Empowerment of Citizens: Universal digital literacy. Universally accessible digital resources. Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages . Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance .Citizens not required to physically submit Govt. documents / certificates.

In line with these objectives, the government has launched some inititaives.

Government also launched a digital locker under the name “Digi Locker”.Digital Locker System aims to minimize the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. MyGov.in has been implemented as a innovative platform to build a partnership between citizen and  goverment. Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app would be used by people and Government organizations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission. eSign framework would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.  National Scholarships Portal is said to be a one stop solution for end to end scholarship process right from submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.The Government of India has undertaken an initiative namely Bharat Net, a high speed digital highway project using optical fibre to connect lakhs of Gram Panchayats of country.

The Digital India initiative is a promising initiative of the Indian Government. There are some challenges also for this project like capital , awareness etc. If Digital India will get implemented successfully then it will boost the development of India.

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