Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India campaign on July 1, 2015, to improve the lives of the common people of the country through information technology and to bridge the technological gap between the rich and the poor. Digital India Mission – On this occasion, domestic and foreign companies together announced investment plans worth Rs 4.50 lakh crore in India.
Digital India Mission
Under this scheme, a dozen IT-based services have been started at present, which if implemented properly, India will become a modern country in the true sense. There are nine main objectives of this program which are as follows…
- Broadband Highways: Through these, a large number of information can be transmitted within a fixed time limit.
- Making mobile connectivity accessible to all Even though mobile phones have become completely accessible in urban areas, the network of this facility has not yet been developed in many rural areas of the country. This will make it easier for rural consumers to use the Internet and mobile banking.
- Public Internet Access Program: Under this program post offices will be developed as multi-service centers. Various activities will be carried out there to provide various government services to the citizens.
- E-Governance (Improvement in Governance through Technology): Under this, a collaboration between various departments and online tracking of applications will be done. Apart from this, wherever required, school certificates, voter ID cards, etc. can be used online.
- E-Kranti (Electronic Delivery of Services): Under e-education, there is a plan to connect all schools with broadband, provide free Wi-Fi facilities to all schools (2.5 lacks), and ensure digital literacy. These also include providing online services to farmers like real-time price information, mobile banking, etc. Similarly, in the health sector, it also includes providing e-healthcare facilities to the people including online medical consultation, records, and supply of related medicines.
- Information for all: Under Digital India Mission, online access to information and documents will be established. For this open data platform will be provided.
- Self-reliance in electronics manufacturing: All products related to the electronics sector will be manufactured in the country itself. Under this, the target of ‘Net Zero Imports’ has been set, so that by the year 2020, the country can achieve self-sufficiency in the matter of electronics.
- Development for Employability: This technology will be linked to the existing program of Information Technology Skill Development for Employability. People in villages and small towns will be trained for IT-related jobs.
- Early Harvest Programs: First few to implement the Digital India program Infrastructure facilities have to be established.