India is digitally transforming itself today, and with the help of technology aiming to become the most digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. India is creating technology inspired projects, one major project is the Digital India Programme by the Government of India.
With Digital India Programme, the government aims to provide government services related to healthcare, education, and banking digitally. To achieve this, the government is focusing on improving online networks infrastructure and increasing internet connectivity across the country.
Digital India Programme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1, 2015. The primary aim of this project is to connect rural areas with high speed internet.
Three Core Components of Digital India
- Development of secure and stable Digital Infrastructure
- which includes availability of high speed internet connection in all gram panchayats.
- and building safe and secure cyber space in the country.
- with this the government aims to make all government services easily accessible online and on mobile platforms.
- aims to make financial transactions electronic and cashless.
- aims at making all digital resources accessible to all citizens of the country.
- making all government documents available on the cloud.
- and availability of digital services in native Indian languages.
Nine Pillars of Digital India
- Broadband Highways – this composes laying of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country.
- Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity – ensuring mobile connectivity in 44,000 villages in the country.
- Public Internet Access – includes expansion of Common Services Centres (CSCs) from 1.35 lakhs to 1.5 lakhs by 2017.
- eGovernance – using IT to improve government transactions.
- eKranti – aims to achieve electronic delivery of government services.
- Universal Information
- Electronics Manufacturing
- IT for Jobs – includes providing IT related training to around 1 crore students in order to create more IT related jobs by 2020.
- Early Harvest Programmes – aims to standardise government documents.
Major Benefits of Digital India
Making India as one of the leading digital hubs would produce countless opportunities for the citizens of the country from creating more number of jobs to a better lifestyle, there are other specific benefits connected with this programme like:
- providing internet connectivity in 2.5 lakh villages across the country.
- WiFi connectivity in 2.5 lakh schools and all universities.
- Universal mobile connectivity
- Net Zero imports by the year 2020.
- India to be a leader in digitally empowered services like healthcare, education, and banking.
- Optical fibre cables in more than 68,000 villages in the country.
Another service under Digital India that is now up and running is DigiLocker. DigiLocker is one of the major services to be provided by Digital India Programme. DigiLocker is for citizens to store important documents like passport, PAN card, school certificates, and other government issued documents in the cloud. DigiLocker aims to eliminate the use of physical documents and enable easy sharing of verified documents across government agencies electronically.
DigiLocker uses Aadhaar number as the unique identifier, and in order to sign–up for DigiLocker, you need Aadhaar number and a mobile number that is linked to that Aadhaar number.
Aside from bringing the technology to every village across the country, another major challenge for the government would be to teach and encourage the people to use that technology, and making the technology available in different native languages could help non–English speakers easily adapt to this change.