The vision of PM for a Digital India is a very powerful one. It is a first step forward to empower citizens with technology. Azim Premji Chairman, Wipro
Giving wings to a dream
Right from the day of assuming power, "Digital India" and "Make in India" have been uppermost in the “To Do” list of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister’s Digital India Programme is envisaged to be vast in scale and ambitious in aim. It will be like a giant umbrella under which several big projects will run simultaneously. The objective will be to introduce broadband speed to India's rural areas which suffer from a lack of connectivity. A major benefit of the project will be a substantial reduction of corruption in governance.
Prime Minister Modi hopes to reduce corruption in government by making most services available online. India's top businessmen have committed to contribute Rs. 4.5 lakh crore to various parts of the programme which is expected to generate 18 lakh jobs.
Prime Minister Articulates his vision
The Prime Minsiter has emphasised the need for providing digital strength to all citizens. He believes that if a large section of the population is left out, then a huge calamity awaits us in the form of a digital divide. He said that the M-governance being spoken of does not stand for ‘Modi governance’, it stands for ‘Mobile governance’. Prime Minsiter Modi elucidated his dream of a Digital India where high speed digital highways will unite the nation; where government is open and governance is transparent; where technology will ensure that government is incorruptible; where quality education will be accessible to all; where quality health care will be available to all; where farmers will be empowered with real time information and where e-commerce will drive the economy.
I dream of a Digital India where high speed digital highways unite the nation. I dream of a Digital India where government is open and governance is transparent. I dream of a Digital India where 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation. I dream of a Digital India where the world looks to India for the next innovation. I dream of a Digital India where ICT-enabled citizen-government interface is incorruptible.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Key projects of Digital India programme
A Digital Locker System to minimise the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies.
MyGov.in, a platform for citizen engagement in governance, through a “Discuss, Do and Disseminate” approach.
A Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app to be used by the people and government organisations for achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Digitise India Platform (DIP) to provide for large-scale digitisation of records to facilitate efficient delivery of services to citizens.
The eSign framework to allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.
eHospital application to provide online registration, payment of fees, appointment, diagnostic reports and enquiring availability of blood, etc.
A National Scholarships Portal to process and pay for scholarships online.
Bharat Net and Broadband Highways to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country.
Next Generation Network (NGN) by BSNL to replace 30 year old exchanges with IP-based technology to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia and video, etc. BSNL will also undertake large scale deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.
The biggest programmme within Digital India, e-Kranti, will integrate all public programmes on single portals and use technology for implementation and act as a public grievance system as well.
The ability to make Delhi easily accessible to the poorest person in the remotest village can only happen through Digital India.
N R Narayana Murthy Infosys co-founder
Impact of Digital India
The estimated impact of Digital India by 2019 will range from providing broadband connectivity in all panchayats, Wi-Fi in schools and universities and public Wi-Fi hotspots. It will generate millions of jobs directly and indirectly. This programme will make India digitally empowered and a leader in the usage of IT for delivery of services related to various domains such as health, education, agriculture and banking, etc.
Normally, industry moves faster than government, but with Digital India, it is different. I have no hesitation in saying that the government has moved faster.
Chairman and MD, Reliance Industries
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