Digital India is a massive campaign that the Government of India launched in the year 2015. The implementation of this would give easy access to government services in different regions of the country.
The “Digital India” campaign was launched by the government of India to uplift the usage of technology in India. The objective was to make Government services easily available to the citizens electronically by improving its online infrastructure all over the country. The process would be structured to increase internet connectivity to make the country digitally empowered. It helps to reach out to the masses and encourages them to use technology in their daily lives. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launched the campaign on July 1, 2015. The initiative aims at connecting rural India with the help of high-speed internet connectivity.
Those days are gone, when people had to stand in long queues and wait for months to get a single work done. No wonder, that technology today has made the life of people convenient. But a country like India could not have imagined a future like today a few years back. Six years back in time, the scenario was quite different as it is of today. The technology was there, but it was limited to only a small fraction of the country.
According to the prime minister of India, “technology first” is the focus of the government and it very well goes with the motto of “Power to empower”. The key vision of this government campaign is broadly divided into three heads:
- E-Governance for all citizens of India
- Digitally Empowering citizens
- Providing a digital Infrastructure for all
The movement of Digital India was made possible with the help of top Industrialists and commerce companies in India like Wipro, Tata Industries, and Reliance Industries. The major concern was to make people use electronic services. Through the campaign of Digital India, the government targeted, e-services to cover more than 600 districts, with the help of major IT companies.
There are three components at the core of the “Digital India” campaign.
- Creation of Digital Infrastructure
To be able to deploy various digital services across the country, it is necessary to create a strong digital infrastructure, especially in rural areas of the country. The interior regions of the country either have very little or mostly do not have any electronic network. This is the reason behind establishing a digital network across the country. Bharat Broadband Network Limited, the governmental body that is responsible for the execution of the National Optical Fiber Network project is responsible for the Digital India project as well. Bharat Net aims to connect 2,50,500 gram panchayats across the country to a high-speed internet network via an optical fiber network. 4,00,000 internet points will be established all across the country as part of the program, from which anybody will be able to access the internet.
- Delivery of Digital Service
A major component of the Digital India campaign is to deliver government services and other essential services digitally. It is easier to change the way of delivering services from physical to digital. Many services of the Government of India were digitized under the Digital India Campaign.
All ministries would be linked under this scheme, and all departments will be able to reach out to the people with fundamental services like health care, banking, education, scholarships, gas cylinders, water and electricity bills, and judicial services. The daily monetary transactions of people were also converted into digital mode. To ensure transparency in the transactions and curb corruption all the money transactions are being made online, and are supported by one-time passwords.
- Digital Literacy
For full participation of the people of India, the competency that they need to have is called Digital Literacy. The basic behavior, knowledge, and skills required to effectively use digital devices are mandatory. Desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are the digital devices used for the purpose of communicating, expressing, collaborating, and advocating. The mission of Digital Literacy will be covering over six crore rural households.