The future is of a DIgital India

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You need to post an urgent letter ,go to post office and opt for Speed Post ,get a receipt and track your document online. You wish to extract information from some government department –file a RTI online .You need a passport – go online and get a hassle free appointment at the passport sewa Kendra. Rajasthan farmers are becoming prosperous by farming capsicum and you know what is the reason behind the success story- a  video conferencing session with the farmers of Israel on dryland farming.

The list is long ,India is on a path of being Digital. The use of technology has raised efficiency, effectiveness ,reduces time and that is the reason for making governance  -accountable,transparent ,committed and efficient ,e-governance is the future .

Digital India

A programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy.  The vision of Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.  The programme will be implemented in phases from the current year till 2018.  The Digital India is transformational in nature and would ensure that Government services are available to citizens electronically.  It would also bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of government’s services electronically, a Unique ID and e-Pramaan based on authentic and standard based interoperable and integrated government applications and data basis.

The vision areas of Digital India:

I           Infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen:

(i)            High speed internet as a core utility shall be made available in all Gram Panchayats.

(ii)          Cradle to grave digital identity – unique, lifelong, online and authenticable.

(iii)         Mobile phone and Bank account would enable participation in digital and financial space at individual level.

(iv)         Easy access to a Common Service Centre within their locality.

(v)          Shareable private space on a public Cloud.

(vi)         Safe and secure Cyber-space in the country.

II         Governance and Services on Demand:

(i)            Seamlessly integrated across departments or jurisdictions to provide easy and a single window access to all persons.

(ii)          Government services available in real time from online and mobile platforms.

(iii)         All citizen entitlements to be available on the Cloud to ensure easy access.

(iv)         Government services digitally transformed for improving Ease of Doing Business.

(v)          Making financial transactions above a threshold, electronic and cashless.

(vi)         Leveraging GIS for decision support systems and development.

III        Digital Empowerment of Citizens:

(i)            Universal digital literacy.

(ii)          All digital resources universally accessible.

(iii)         All Government documents/ certificates to be available on the Cloud.

(iv)         Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages.

(v)          Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance.

(vi)         Portability of all entitlements for individuals through the Cloud.

Scope of Digital India:

The overall scope of this programme is:

(i)             to prepare India for a knowledge future.

(ii)           on being transformative that is to realize IT (Indian Talent) + IT (Information Technology)  = IT (India Tomorrow)

(iii)         making technology central to enabling change.

(iv)         on being  an Umbrella Programme – covering many departments.

  • The programme weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision, so that each of them is seen as part of a larger goal. Each individual element stands on its own, but is also part of the larger picture.
  • The weaving together makes the Mission transformative in totality.

(v)           The Digital India Programme will pull together many existing schemes which would be restructured and re-focused and implemented in a synchronized manner.  The common branding of the programmes as Digital India, highlights their transformative impact.

Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely

  1. Broadband Highways,
  2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,
  3. Public Internet Access Programme,
  4. e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology,
  5. e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services,
  6. Information for All,
  7. Electronics Manufacturing,
  8. IT for Jobs
  9. Early Harvest Programmes.

Source –PIB ,Ministry of IT and Technology

The National e-Governance Plan approved in 2006 has made a steady progress through Mission Mode Projects and Core ICT Infrastructure, but greater thrust is required to ensure effective progress in electronics manufacturing and e-Governance in the country.   The Digital India vision provides the intensified impetus for further momentum and progress for this initiative and this would promote inclusive growth that covers electronic services, products, devices, manufacturing and job opportunities. India in the 21st Century must strive to meet the aspirations of its citizens where government and its services reach the doorsteps of citizens and contribute towards a long-lasting positive impact.  The Digital India Programme aims to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT as a growth engine of new India.

Intel india is acting as a connecting link to fulfill the vision of Digital India through its “Digital skills forIndia “ a skill delivery programme to bridge the information gap    &” Innovate for India” , a platform to fund and research innovations in IT to provide an affordable yet first class digital services. visit http://www.intel.in/

NINE PILLARS OF DIGITAL INDIA

  • Broadband
  • e-governance
  • electronic
  • Manufacturing
  • it for jobs
  • e-kranti
  • phones
  • public interest
  • Information for all
  • Early harvest

To further push e-governance through Digital India ,GOI launched “ Twitter Samvad” Through Twitter Samvad, everyday a set of curated Tweets will be delivered from the government and leaders’ accounts to mobile users across the country as SMS. Updates on government services, policies and activities can be delivered to any user with a mobile device signed up for the service with each of the 16 launch partners.

A recent International Business Machines corp study said that “ To have a sustained progress ,any organization needs innovation”  ,when society brings together world-class scientists and researchers, unites them in common purpose, and provides them with the resources they need to innovate and discover, there is virtually no limit to what they can do. As long as India fosters the environment that makes such collaboration and innovation possible, it will accelerate its own digital transformation and that of the rest of the world too.
the reach of internet penetration in 30 crore households of the country is next only to China. With the figure estimated to touch 50 crore in a couple of years, India is all set to digitally transform the society

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