It’s the time the world goes crazy with selfies in Instagram, statuses in Facebook and hashtag tweets in twitter to make their life in social networking linking them with Digital World. Thanks to all those digital tech savvy inventors without whom these tech facilities won’t be available with us. But in Indian scenario its totally a different scenario. Many citizens don’t know about internet.
We now have the facility of paying our telephone bills, electricity bills, taxes via the internet making our lives much sophisticated. But still there are people standing in long queues to pay their bills and their rations. Many still don’t know that bills can be paid with their ATM cards which also act as a Debit Card in most cards. We have many e-commerce sites from which if we make an order the product will be delivered at our home within a day but still lots of people travel more than half a day to buy their basic essentials and the other things in the markets or the shops.
So to overcome this The Government of India has come up with a solution, a programme called “DIGITAL INDIA” to make a digitally empowered society in our nation.
What is Digital India?
A programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledgeable economy.
Digital India is an initiative of Government of India to integrate the government departments and the people of India. It aims to ensure that people in all parts of the country can access a range of government services through electronic means. The initiative also includes plan to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks.
Components of Digital India:
- Digital Infrastructure
- Delivering Services Digitally
- Digital Literacy
Vision : Digital India
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.
Pillars of Digital India :
Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely
- Broadband Highways,
- Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,
- Public Internet Access Programme,
- e-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology,
- e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services,
- Information for All,
- Electronics Manufacturing,
- IT for Jobs
- Early Harvest Programmes.
Challenges & Solutions for Digital India:
To connect a country which consists of some parts still doesn’t see the light of electricity is a humongous task and a menacing one to our confidence of laying broadband lines around all villages in the country. Internet must be an indelible part of the quotidian life of the people in future generation. So Govt can take the necessary measures in using latest technologies from companies like facebook, google which uses drones, airplanes for supplying signals in places where internet doesn’t exists. So that this problem can be averted
Localisation of internet usage by means of using local languages in the browsers and to use the internet is very important as people would find it easier to use the internet and feel convenient.
Going into Digital governance would make all the offices to reduce the number of paperwork’s and the usage of paper. This is in par with the environmental strategy and is a very welcomed move.
Many people don’t know or is ignorant about the internet and its uses. So Government must make the necessary ways to educate people form the gram panchayats and rural areas about the internet and its uses and how it can uplift the fiscal economy of ours. Thus our Government can achieve in bringing a lot of users in internet within a short span.
Bringing public Wi-Fi hotspots is a great move but it has some complications. It must fully functional and never be uninterrupted making things easier. So Government must look into it and look for feasible ways in installing and operating it.
Digital India can be of much economic importance to our country. Many sellers and ethnic artists who are having great value of products but doesn’t know how to market them can use the e-commerce platforms or make their e-commerce platforms for selling their products on an international basis. This will empower them and will be a great inspiration to all citizens in making creative products.
The focus is on making technology central to enabling change. But E-governance is about more than streamlining processes and improving services. It’s about transforming Governments and renovating the way citizens participate in democracy. The real challenges are how to develop and sustain successful e-governance projects and deliver state of the art e-services to citizens. Unfortunately it’s not as easy as adding e in front of your service delivery mechanism. No country in the world has so far implemented an e-governance system for one billion people.
The Microprocessor Giant “Intel “Inside Digital India :
Public-private partnerships (PPPs), solutions enabled by partnerships between government agencies and private companies are important for success of country digitization initiatives. One such example has been of Intel. Intel has been fostering technology as the enabler for creating a digitized India.Intel has been committed to making Indian citizens digitally empowered for several years now. Over the last 20 years,
- Intel has trained over 18 lakh teachers throughIntel Teach programme
- Intel Learnprogramme has reached 1.8 lakh under-served students
- Over 2.35 lakh students and 4,500 faculty across 450 institutes have been impacted through Intel Higher Educationprogramme
- In 2012, Intel launched the National Digital Literacy Mission(NDLM), along with Nasscom. Over 16,500 youth were trained by 450+ volunteers from 10 NDLM partners in seven days during Digital Literacy Week
- In December 2012 Intel adopted 3 villages (BBNL pilot for Tripura, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan) and set up digital literacy training camps Achieved 100% digital literacy in these villages, as measured by one e-literate person per household
In Dec 2014 Intel announced Digital Skills for India and Innovate for India (#DigitalIndia) initiatives, Intel India will also work with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) to build capacity by imparting digital literacy training to key resource persons in the first 1,000 panchayats under the National Optic Fiber Network roll-out in India.
As part of its Digital Skills for India programme, Intel India has unveiled a digital skills training application, which includes modules on digital literacy, financial inclusion, healthcare and cleanliness in 5 Indian languages. App is available free on Android Play Store from December 6 2014 in Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil and Kannada. A similar offline training module will also be made available in seven Indian languages. To know more visit http://www.intel.in/
This article I suppose would have given an essential intel and knowledge on #DigitalIndia and my personal opinion is we must support our Government in all its activities to empower our government.