Digital India: A dream

In order to create participative, transparent and responsive government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the much ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme on Wednesday, July 1, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in the national capital.

A pan India Programme called “Digital India” has been proposed in the Budget 2014 to bridge the divide between digital “haves” and “have nots”. This would ensure Broadband connectivity at village level, improved access to services through IT enabled platforms, greater transparency in Government processes, and consumption of local content and host of other services. The Rail Budget proposes to provide WiFi on stations, premium trains and “Office on Wheels”

Top industrialists like RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji and many others, were among the business honchos who shared their ideas of taking digital revolution to the masses.

With the launch of Digital India programme, the government is taking a big step forward to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy. It Includes various schemes worth over Rs.1 lakh crore like Digital Locker, e-eduction, e-health, e-sign and national scholarship portal. BharatNet in 11 states and Next Generation Network (NGN), are also a part of Digital India campaign. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology. The Ministry of Communications and IT is the nodal agency to implement the programme.

There are Apps for Digital India like Digital India Portal, MyGov Mobile App, Swachh Bharat Mission App and Aadhaar Mobile Update App. The Vision of Digital India is Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens.

The Impact of Digital India by 2019 can be predicted by the activities like Broadband in 2.5 lakh villages, universal phone connectivity Net Zero Imports by 2020 400,000 Public Internet Access Points Wi-Fi in 2.5 lakh schools, all universities; Public Wi-Fi hotspots for citizens Digital Inclusion: 1.7 Cr trained for IT, Telecom and Electronics  Job creation: Direct 1.7 Cr. and Indirect at least 8.5 Cr. e-Governance & eServices:  India to be leader in IT use in services – health, education, banking  Digitally empowered citizens – public cloud, internet access. States like Telangana, Meghalaya, and Jharkhand also observed Digital India Week (DIW) from July 1 to July 7. The University Grants Commission (UGC) also directed all universities and higher education institutes across the country to observe the Digital India Week.


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