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This topic provides a brief introduction about the Digital India programme.

Digital India is a programme to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy. The Digital India is transformational in nature and would ensure that Government services are available to citizens electronically. It would also bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of government’s services electronically, a Unique ID and e-Pramaan based on authentic and standard based interoperable and integrated government applications and data basis.

Vision Areas

The vision is centred on three key areas

  1. Digital infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen
  2. Governance and services on demand
  3. Digital empowerment of citizens

Digital Infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen

  • Availability of high speed internet as a core utility for delivery of services to citizens.
  • Cradle to grave digital identity that is unique, lifelong, online and authenticable to every citizen.
  • Mobile phone and Bank account enabling citizen participation in digital and financial space.
  • Easy access to a Common Service Centre.
  • Shareable private space on a public Cloud.
  • Safe and secure Cyber-space.

Governance and Services on Demand

  • Seamlessly integrated across departments or jurisdictions.
  • Services availability in real time from online and mobile platforms.
  • All citizen entitlements to be available on the Cloud to ensure easy access.
  • Government services digitally transformed for improving Ease of Doing Business.
  • Making financial transactions above a threshold, electronic and cashless.
  • Leveraging GIS for decision support systems and development.

Digital Empowerment of Citizens:

  • Universal digital literacy.
  • All digital resources universally accessible.
  • All Government documents/ certificates to be available on the Cloud.
  • Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages.
  • Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance.
  • Portability of all entitlements for individuals through the Cloud.

Scope of Digital India

The overall scope of this programme is

  1. To prepare India for a knowledge future.
  2. On being transformative that is to realize IT (Indian Talent) + IT (Information Technology) = IT (India Tomorrow).
  3. Making technology central to enabling change.
  4. On being an Umbrella Programme – covering many departments.
    • The programme weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision, so that each of them is seen as part of a larger goal. Each individual element stands on its own, but is also part of the larger picture.
    • The weaving together makes the Mission transformative in totality.
  5. The Digital India Programme will pull together many existing schemes which would be restructured and re-focused and implemented in a synchronized manner. The common branding of the programmes as Digital India, highlights their transformative impact.

Nine pillars of Digital India

Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely

  1. Broadband Highways
  2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
  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
  8. IT for Jobs
  9. Early Harvest Programmes

To Know more about Nine pillars of Digital India Click Here

Source : MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, GoI

Surendranathan Jul 27, 2019 08:10 AM

This will help to close the wide gap between urban India and rural India and thereby the exploitation of illiterate rural farmers who are not visible and not heard due to an urban centric print and electronic media, political leadership and beaurocracy.

Harneet Jun 08, 2016 01:51 PM

Always include the concerned name of the Ministry responsible for the scheme. In this case its Ministry of Communication & IT. Its just a humble request.

Sayoni Jul 01, 2015 06:55 PM

A very supporting, interesting & nice idea which may result to India into a developed nation.

kp jain Jul 01, 2015 07:52 AM

digital india week initiation is creating awareness even in interiors of villages, how much time it may take for the
locations chosen to be equipped permanently with these facialities?What actions are to be taken for making india digital
on priority and with speed with present available resources. What are the hidden potentials we are not using so far ? Can we use the experience of senior citizens somewhere in this regard ?

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