What is Digital India? Explained – Everything You Need To Know

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Digital India is a program to transform India into digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Digital India Campaign is far more serious and realistic than just providing free internet compromising net neutrality. Let’s have a look on what actually this campaign is all about.

Digital India – History

Digital India campaign is restructured version of National e-Governance Scheme which started in 2006 under Mission Mode Project.

The modest beginning of e-Governance started in India in the early 90s but since those initiatives were yielding no or little results so in 2006 government decided to launch National e-Governance Program on Mission Mode basis but even under NEGP results were on slower pace so that new Government decided to restructure the Program into Digital India Campaign.

Government came with slogan IT + IT = IT which says Information Technology + Indian Talent = India of Tomorrow

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Three Key areas under Digital India Campaign

  1. Digital Infrastructure as utility to every citizen
  2. Governance Services on Demand
  3. Digital empowerment of Citizen

Pillars of Digital India

  1. Broadband Highway
  2. Universal access to mobile connectivity
  3. Public interest access program  – National Rural Internet Mission
  4. e-Governance
  5. e-Kranti : Electronic delivery of services
  6. Information for all
  7. Electronic manufacturing
  8. IT for jobs
  9. Early Harvest Program
Digital India - 9 Pillars
Digital India – 9 Pillars

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Effective monitoring system

Strong monitoring strategy of the program is one of the key features that needs to be appreciated, because, in our country most of an ambitious plans fails due to lack of monitoring and control. There will be three types of committee with well-defined responsibilities. These are –

  • In the form of monitoring committee
  • In the form Digital India Advisory committee
  • In the form of committee of Apex committee

The chairman of Monitoring committee by the Prime Minister himself, advisory committee will be headed by Minister of Communication and IT, Apex committee will be headed by Cabinet Secretary.

Budget and Target Duration

An amount of Rupees 1,13,000 Crore is total budget of the campaign.

Targets under the campaign to be achieved between 2014 to 2018.

Concerns

Program till so far is very slow thus we may miss most the targets by miles.

We are not focussed on Integrating technology with language. India is a diverse country – in language, culture, laws – which varies state to state.

Lack of inter-ministerial, inter-departmental, inter-governmental (among states), inter-agency collaboration and collaborative effort.

The initiative started under Nation Optical fiber Network which is very vital and important for Digital-India campaign. need to be accelerated because till so care progress is dead slow.

Internet and cyber crimes are inseparable entities and steps being taken for safe, protected, secure use of cyber space is not adequate. Digital India must be clubbed with cyber security.

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Net Neutrality vs Digital India

There is now way we can allow any compromise with the principle of net neutrality or let anyone redefine it as per convenience. Even if it can give a rise in number of internet user in short-term but in long run it is not going to help and trigger a larger issues such as ownership of internet.

It is a worth cost to pay for the greater gain in future if net neutrality is slowing the pace of Digital India Campaign to reach closer to the last user.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. But if it comes we should recharge separately for mobile data’s separate one for YouTube,Twitter,and other browsers..so it’s better for government to leave this project..we no need this and friends plz read about this completely because it’s going to ruin us by recharging separate mobile data for particular websites

  2. Information provided is a good start. Most I like about this article is that the challenges involved with this program .

    It is about the time that India becomes digitally connected nation. Every system has advantages and disadvantages, not to mention it come with huge cost too, But If we Indians as a wants to make our mark in the world by all means of transparent infrastructure I believe it’s not too late to literate India digitally

  3. Thanks for provided this valuable information but we have to focus on lower education level and illiterate peoples also….thank u

  4. We need Quick and transparent Policies Like Utilizing Last Mile Owner’s( Local cable operator) infrastructure to Reach nook and corner of india within No time by allowing them as infrastructure Providers for Digital india.

  5. Is there any website from where I can get large no. Of such type of valuable articles?

    If yes then please tell me about it. . .

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