As Information Technology is taking the world by storm, PM Narendra Modi has taken an initiative to open up India to the latest in it, for which he has launched the Digital India Programme. The programme has been launched by the government on July 1, 2015. It endeavors to provide all the services of the government online so that there is transparency in the work and corruption as well as paperwork is reduced to minimum. The main aim of the programme is to create awareness about IT in the country, make all services available conveniently to the citizens and also improve its image on a global level.
Here are 10 important facts about Digital India Programme:
#1. The first week of July 2015 has been declared as the Digital India Week, which will be launched at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi. 8000 to 10000 people participated in the Programme.
#2. The facilities which will be provided under the Digital India Programme include e-education, e-sign, digital locker, e-health and national scholarship portal.
#3. The programme aims to create universal phone connectivity along with broadband in as many as 2.5 lakh villages in the country by 2019. The aim is to take net imports of the country to zero by then.
#4. The citizens of the country will be able to store all their key documents such as PAN card, mark sheets, degrees, certificates and passport in a digital facility called the Digital Locker. The locker will be authenticated with the help of Aadhar Card and can be used safely to store and share the documents.
#5. An estimated investment of around Rs 1 lakk crore is expected to be made on the Digital India Programme in the coming 3-4 years. A number of big industrial groups such as Reliance Telecom, Reliance Industries, Wipro and Bharti Airtel have committed to support the programme by investing in it.
#6. The programme will get on with full swing operations in September 2014 and will continue till 2018.
#7. Digital India Programme will involve the support of as many as 15 to 20 Ministeries of the government to ensure that it is implemented in a proper manner. These Ministeries include those of Telcom, Rural Development and Health, among many others and all of them will co-ordinate with each other so that the programme becomes successful.
#8. Another effort which will be made by the Government under this programme is that every Indian citizen should own a smartphone by the year 2019. This will help them get access to the electronic services which will be provided by the government under this programme.
#9. A committee has been framed under the chairmanship of PM Narendra Modi to look after proper implementation of the programme. The committee will be responsible for making a schedule of the programme and will also make sure that all the Ministeries adhere to this schedule.
#10. Digital India Programme will be facilitated by National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN), which proposes to lay down 7 lakh km of optical fiber in order to connect 250 gram panchayats across the country, in a period of three years.
In a nutshell, Digital India Programme will revolutionize the way things are done in the country and take it to par with the developed nations of the world.