‘Digital India’ program has been envisaged by our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The Program symbolizes the Government of India’s vision for connecting and empowering 125 crore citizens; creating unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in governance; and leveraging technology for quality education, health care, farming, financial inclusion and empowering citizens. It 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. The ‘Digital India’ Program was presented to the Union Cabinet on 20th August, 2014 and was formally launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 1st July, 2015. The program is centered around three key areas, namely, Digital Infrastructure to every citizen, Digital services & governance on demand and Digital empowerment of citizens.
The vision of digital India include: –
- INFRASTRUCTURE AS A UTILITY TO EVERY CITIZEN
It ensures the availability of high-speed connectivity and network in every Gram Panchayats. Existence of safe and secure cyber space and the utility of digital banking in individual level. The vision of cradle to grave digital identity. Use of service centers easily and flexibly.
- GOVERNANCE AND SERVICES ON DEMAND
Single window access to all persons by seamlessly integrating departments or jurisdictions; availability of government services in online and mobile platforms; All citizen entitlements to be available on the Cloud to ensure easy access; Government services to be digitally transformed for improving ease of doing business; Making financial transactions above a threshold, electronic and cashless.
- 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.
The strategies or the implementation which has sworn to be a part of great achievements includes a lot of efforts. They are:-
- MyGov Platform
This unique platform for citizen engagement in governance has been implemented as a medium for citizens to exchange ideas/ suggestions with the Government. Through this platform, the Government of India gets feedback, inputs, advice and ideas from citizens for policy decisions, new initiatives like Digital India, Swachch Bharat, Clean Ganga, Make in India, Skill Development, etc.
Business process re-engineering will be undertaken to improve processes and service delivery. Services will be integrated with UIDAI, payment gateway and mobile platform.
- IT training for jobs
The government is planning to train one crore students from small towns and villages for IT sector.
Information to all: information related with governance and public services to citizens will be easily provided to citizens through digital platforms including social media.
- Early Harvest Program
The government is planning to deploy Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System in all central government offices located at Delhi. A web based application software system will enable online recording of attendance and its viewing by the concerned stakeholders.
- Jeevan Pramaan
Pensioners can now conveniently submit their life certificates online through this portal. The certificates are stored in the Life Certificate Repository for making it available anytime & anywhere for pensioners and the Pension Disbursing Agencies.
- E- Kranti
E-Kranti focuses on electronic delivery of services whether it is education, health, agriculture, justice and financial inclusion.
There exist several others initiatives like online banking, e-hospitals, National Scholarships Portal, e-sign, e-books, e-greetings portal and numerous other program for the digital development of the country. It aims to make every household digitally literate with the motive to make India the Global Knowledge hub, with IT being a major drive and engine of growth.
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