Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#DigitalIndia ~ A dream for India, by India!

Imagine a smartphone in every Indian's hand, internet available everywhere be it rural India or urban India and all Government and non-Government services available electronically. Looks a distant reality, today, but if our Government's ambitious #DigitalIndia programme is successful, all this and more will be made available to the citizens and India will take a leap in advancement!

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To put in simple words, the core idea of #DigitalIndia, as envisioned by the government, is to transform the country into a digitally powered society and a knowledge-based economy where everyone is connected digitally and all information is available electronically.


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India is already recognized as a known force in the field of Information Technology that produces thousands of IT experts ever year that play important roles in shaping the growth and success stories of the biggest corporate giants around the globe. This prowess in IT can be used and incorporated to deliver government services, integrating of stand-alone services to its customers, and businesses along with establishment of platform that allows easy interaction with government departments. When put in this way, it is known as E-governance.

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This implementation of E-Governance is not an easy task given the expanse and diversity of India but still if this automation of Governance with the use of Information Technology becomes successful, would prove to be the first step towards making India digitally developed and, ultimately prove to be a step towards achieving the dream of #DigitalIndia.

There are 4 models in e-governance.
1. Government to citizens
2. Government to employees
3.Government to business
4.Government to government.


IT+ IT= IT (Indian Talent+ Information Technology = India Tomorrow


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The main aim of #DigitalIndia is to make all Government services available to citizens electronically and to realize this dream the Indian Government has joined hands with the technology world giant, Intel.

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Intel is committed to help the #DigitalIndia mission through its ‘Digital Skills for India’ and ‘Innovate for India’ initiatives. Apart from these, under this mission, Intel and some other IT companies like Microsoft have started contributing to create digital literates in the country by training citizens from all over and aim to literate 10 lakh people by the end of 2015. 'National Digital Literacy Mission' (NDLM) is such a venture where people are being trained to become digital literates.


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Similarly, the Government aims to eliminate the "Digital Divide" in the country by providing broadband networks even to the most isolated rural areas in the country. To achieve this 'National Optical Fibre Network' programme is set up where Intel India will work with Bharat Broadband Network to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country at the cost of 20,000 crore. When both rural and urban India are united digitally, only then can the dream of #DigitalIndia prosper.

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Intel has also unveiled its new educational app called Intel Lean Digital Skills which teaches the basics of using a tablet and is another venture to make India digital literate. It is free on the Android store and is available in five Indian languages including English and Hindi. It is also available as an offline training module and has basic modules on Health, Banking, Hygiene, Education, Agriculture and RTI. It contains all information on Indian Government support in each of the modules and is designed to be used by everyone from children to adults.

#DigitalIndia will improve numerous fields like 

1) Education - Knowledge sharing will become easy with the availability of internet everywhere. Students will be able to check for courses, register, study online and interact with other students/teachers irrespective of their location because they will be connected digitally.

2) Communication- With a huge population, communication is sometimes disconnected. People are not able to communicate with the authorities, their problems remain unaddressed and simple services and information remain uncommunicated to people living in remote areas. With the availability of internet everywhere enabling chatting, twitting and other social media platforms like Facebook, websites etc. everyone will be connected and communication will become easy.

3) Transactions- Paying bills like electricity, telephone etc. will become easier. Keeping track of your transactions, getting our problems addressed will also become easier with only a few clicks. This will also eliminate paper with everything being stored online.

While #DigitalIndia is a great programme, it is not without its challenges.

1) With many third party agencies and private players along with the government agencies, the number of people working to make this programme a success is huge. Building trust, coordination and transparency in work processes is a challenge that needs to be overcomed to make #DigitalIndia a success.

2) Providing a strong support system that is both secure and robust to support the huge Indian population. Strong cyber laws are needed here along with information protection measures adopted to safeguard the information against theft.

3) Providing high speed Internet even to the remotest of rural areas in India.

#DigitalIndia is a dream for a digitized India that we are all rooting for and I hope the future is something like the picture below where everyone will be happy and digitally connected with each other!

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This post is written for the #DigitalIndia initiative.

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