What does PM Modi’s Digital India mean for Indians?
The point of Digital India the campaign is to ensure digital literacy and broadband internet connectivity to all citizens across the country and ensuring seamless delivery of government services to them thereby empowering people and enabling better administration. The scheme is designed to work under and alongside another government. of India’s initiatives such as Made in India, BharatNet, Startup India, Standup India and Dedicated Freight Corridors. The program is driven by the grand ambition of connecting the entire subcontinent and its people into one national digital mainframe powered by the Internet, with special emphasis on inclusion of even the most rural areas.
Government of India initiated Digital India Programme with a three-step plan in place: 1) Build a secure and reliable digital infrastructure; 2) Deliver government services to all citizens digitally using the aforementioned system and 3) Empower citizens by making universal digital literacy priority.
With international support from countries and industrial giants, the Digital India the program is no doubt an impressive initiative by the Indian leadership. But what does Digital India mean for the daily lives of the Indian people?
With the Digital India programme, all Indian citizens will be able to enjoy various services like electronic shopping, eHealth, electronic sign, electronic educationthe national scholarship portal and digital locker, to name a few. The aim of the Digital India scheme is to empower Indian citizens, educate them in digital/internet communications and technology and provide them with the infrastructure and support systems they need to live fulfilling lives and interact with their government representatives.
The eHospital app is designed to assist patients seeking medical assistance/care by expediting the process through services such as making online registrations and reservations, transferring payments for the same digitally, requesting and receiving diagnostic reports, and searching for potentially life-saving information such as availability of blood for transfusion.
The eSign framework was created to allow citizens to sign documents online digitally by including their Aadhaar credentials for verification.
The Digital locker is an essential service that allows its users to place their essential documents in digital storage. All types of important documents, from passport, PAN card and other identity cards to degrees, diplomas and mark sheets can be stored in Digital Locker. Digital lockers not only eliminate many of the security risks encountered with traditional lockers, but also eliminate the need for physical documents and make communication and sharing between citizens and government institutions faster.
The e-Sampark local e-mail service is a desirable solution to overcome the digital literacy barrier between urban and rural India, considering the fact that English – the universal language for digital communications – is used by a very small number of Indians. As email addresses can only be registered in English, a large section of the rural Indian population is by default alienated from the digital platform. The Government of India is negotiating with leading global email providers to include local Indian languages in their services.
The government intends to use its digital infrastructure to engage more actively with its citizens. The MyGov.in The platform was created to invite views, opinions and recommendations from citizens on matters related to politics and administration. The government has formulated the mantra ‘Discuss, Do and Spread’ to help create active participation, awareness and engagement among citizens on issues of national importance.
Another application of the Digital India program is the introduction of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) mobile application. The campaign aims to promote a cleaner and healthier environment across India and the mobile application is being used by government institutions, officials and citizens to promote the cause of a more environmentally responsible society.
Other ways in which the dream of Digital India can empower the common citizen is through efforts to ensure reliable internet access in all Indian villages, eradicating corruption and black money using data analytics, generating thousands of opportunities for work for BPOs across the country, fostering national growth in mobile and telecom hubs by reducing import dependency and costs of smartphones and internet devices and services from abroad and promote accountability and productivity of government officials through Biometric attendance system (BAS) in Delhi.
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