Digital India is an ambitious project of Government of India to provide the government services to the people at the doorstep through broadband connectivity.
The Digital India programme is centred on three key vision areas:
A. Digital Infrastructure as a 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 & bank account enabling citizen participation in digital & financial space
• Easy access to a Common Service Centre
• Shareable private space on a public cloud
• Safe and secure cyber-space
B. Governance & Services on Demand
• Seamlessly integrated services across departments or jurisdictions
• Availability of services in real time from online & mobile platforms
• All citizen entitlements to be portable and available on the cloud
• Digitally transformed services for improving ease of doing business
• Making financial transactions electronic & cashless
• Leveraging Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for decision support systems & development
C. Digital Empowerment of Citizens
• Universal digital literacy
• Universally accessible digital resources
• Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages
• Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance
• Citizens not required to physically submit Govt. documents / certificates
In order to make this comprehensive initiative a grand success, the government has to cross various hurdles. Some of the challenges involved are:
i. Providing IT literacy: This is the most basic activity to be done, without this the technology itself will be meaningless.
ii. Organised connectivity andimplementation: For any plan to be successful, a strategy aiming the success at the buttommost must be evolved. Instead of making digital India a technologically top down approach being the domain of the urban, rich section government must focus at rural areas by providing well connected networks and training.
iii. Server hits: Due to huge pressure on the government portals, there is a possibility of failure of the system. The government must be prepared to tackle this.
iv. Data vulnerability: Every single individual would be having his personal details like bank account, PAN, income tax etc online, it is highly vulnerable if not secured properly. There should be effective troubleshoot mechanism.
Recent Moves of Government:
The recent visit of Prime Minister Mr. Modi to Silicon Valley to congregate with the CEO’s of world’s largest technologies is inspirational in achieving a digital revolution in India. The giant companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple,etc. have started to look forward to India to make huge investments and to explore the India’s 1.25 billion residents’ market.
The commitment of Mr. Zukerberg to enhance connectivity alongwith working on technologies to provide bandwidth access and tuning products for places with lower bandwidth places is a major work done in achieving digital India and obtaining huge economic prosperity.