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Digital India Programme – An Overview

The Government of India has launched the Digital India programme with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

This will be done by transforming the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology.

The project is intended for completion by 2019. The scheme will be monitored and controlled by the Digital India Advisory group which will be chaired by the Ministry of Communications and IT.

The vision of Digital India is keyed on three key areas

  1. Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen
  2. Governance & Services on Demand
  3. Digital Empowerment of Citizens

There are nine Pillars of Digital India –

  1. Broadband Highways
  2. Universal Access to Phones
  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 – Target NET ZERO Imports
  8. IT for Jobs
  9. Early Harvest Programmes

 

The government has launched some initiatives in line with these objectives

Digital Locker System aims to minimize the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online.

MyGov.in is a platform for citizen engagement in governance, through a “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach. The mobile app for MyGov would bring these features to users on a mobile phone.

Swachh Bharat App to be used by people and Government organizations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.

eSign framework which would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.

Online Registration System (ORS) has been introduced to provides important services such as online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood online etc.

National Scholarships Portal is a one stop solution for end to end scholarship process.

Digitize India Platform (DIP) for large scale digitization of records in the country that would facilitate efficient delivery of services to the citizens.

Bharat Net, a high speed digital highway to connect all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of country. This would be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre

BSNL has undertaken large scale deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country.