All you need to know about “Digital India”

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Digital India is an initiative by the Government of India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.”

This is the very first paragraph on Wikipedia about Digital India. Yet some of us don’t understand what it really stands for.

  • What does it stand for?

Digital IndiaDigital India is really an easier way for us (the citizens of India) to reach the Government about issues, notions and actually interact with the Prime Minister of India! Sounds unrealistic check this out http://pmindia.gov.in/en/interact-with-honble-pm/ . But the Digital India initiative doesn’t end there, today we can make our Pan Card online

{ make your Pan Card here – http://www.applypanindia.in/application-for-new-pan-card.php } , and even book an appointment to the Passport office online { make your Passport Office appointment here – www.passportindia.gov.in } . Today our government is really making good use of the Internet to get to us.

The Government of India has launched 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.

  • The Main aspects of the “Digital India” Campaign.

So this entire Digital India initiative is stood above 9 pillars that the government hopes to achieve through this Project

  1. Broadband Highways
  2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
  3. Public Internet Access Initiative
  4. e-Governance – Reforming Government through Technology
  5. eKranti – Electronic delivery of services
  6. Information for All
  7. Electronics Manufacturing
  8. IT for Jobs
  9. Early Harvest Initiatives
  • The Essence of “Digital India”

Apart from these 9 pillars, the Digital India campaign’s tenth core idealization is Digital Empowerment of Citizens, this means Universal digital literacy. Universally accessible digital resources. Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages. Collaborative digital
platforms for participatory  governance .Citizens not required to physically submit Govt. documents / certificates.  Apart from this Digital India will enable investment of Rs 4.5 lakh crore and ensure jobs for 18 lakh people.Digital-India-vision

This project has been aimed to be completed by 2019. It is the initiative which will benefits both, service providers and consumers. There is an arrangement of digital India advisory group (chaired by Ministry of Communications and IT) in order to monitor and control this campaign.

  • Conclusion

Did we ever think that we could Tweet to our Prime Minister? Or that Wifi connectivity would become so important that the government will literally work towards installing routers on railway stations and public places. Today Even a child understands digital power. Earlier, a child used to playfully wrench your reading glasses. Today, he reaches for your phone.

The Digital India initiative is a promising initiative by the Indian Government. But there are some challenges also for this project like capital, awareness etc. So what is the future of this? What are the pros and cons of Digital India? Well there are two sides to every coin. So what is your opinion on the Digital India Movement? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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