initiatives have been taken for introduction of Information Technology to
empower people. Some of the initiatives have resulted in development of
products to extend various services in areas relating to health, education,
labour and employment, commerce etc. The Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi would launch the Digital India Week this evening urging people
to gain knowledge and to empower themselves through the
Digital India Programme of his Government.
Digital India has been envisioned as an
ambitious umbrella programme to transform India into a digitally empowered
society and knowledge economy. It comprises of various initiatives under the
single programme each targeted to prepare India for becoming a knowledge
economy and for bringing good governance to citizens through synchronized and
co-ordinated engagement of the entire Government.
This programme has been envisaged and coordinated by the
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) in collaboration
with various Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments. The Prime
Minister as the Chairman of Monitoring Committee on Digital India, activities
under the Digital India initiative
is being carefully monitored. All the existing and ongoing e-Governance
initiatives have been revamped to align them with the principles of Digital
The vision of Digital
India programme also aims at inclusive growth in areas of electronic services,
products, manufacturing and job opportunities etc. The vision of Digital India
is centred on three key areas -
Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen
& Services on Demand and
Empowerment of Citizens
With the above vision, the Digital India
programme aims to provide Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile
Connectivity, Public Internet Access Programme, E-Governance:
Reforming Government through Technology, eKranti - Electronic Delivery of
Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing: Target Net Zero
Imports, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes. Several projects/products
have already launched or ready to be launched as indicated below:
· Digital Locker System aims to minimize the usage of
physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The
sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby
ensuring the authenticity of the documents online.
has been implemented as a platform for citizen engagement in governance,
through a “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach. The mobile App for
MyGov would bring these features to users on a mobile phone.
Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app would be used by people and
Government organizations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.
framework would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using
· The Online Registration System
(ORS) under the eHospital application has been introduced. This application provides important
services such as online registration, payment of fees and
appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood online
· National Scholarships Portal is
a one stop solution for end to end scholarship process right from submission of
student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary
for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.
· DeitY has undertaken an initiative
namely Digitize India Platform (DIP) for large scale digitization of records in
the country that would facilitate efficient delivery of services to the
· The Government of India has
undertaken an initiative namely Bharat Net, a high speed digital highway to
connect all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of country. This would be the world’s largest
rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre.
· BSNL has introduced Next Generation
Network (NGN), to replace 30 year old exchanges, which is an IP based
technology to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia/ video
and other types of packet switched communication services.
· BSNL has undertaken large scale
deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. The user can latch on the
BSNL Wi-Fi network through their mobile devices.
· To deliver citizen services
electronically and improve the way citizens and authorities transact with each
other, it is imperative to have ubiquitous connectivity. The government also
realises this need as reflected by including ‘broadband highways’ as one
of the pillars of Digital India. While connectivity is one
criterion, enabling and providing technologies to facilitate delivery of
services to citizens forms the other.
initiatives have also been undertaken by DeitY in the e- Governance domain
like e-Kranti Framework, Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for
Government of India, Framework for Adoption of Open Source Software in
e-Governance Systems, Policy on Open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
for Government of India, E-mail Policy of Government of India, Policy on Use of
IT Resources of Government of India, Policy on Collaborative Application
Development by Opening the Source Code of Government Applications, Application
Development & Re-Engineering Guidelines for Cloud Ready Applications
· BPO Policy has been approved to
create BPO centres in different North Eastern states and also in smaller /
mofussil towns of other states.
· Electronics Development Fund (EDF)
Policy aims to promote Innovation, R&D, and Product Development
and to create a resource pool of IP within the country to create a
self-sustaining eco-system of Venture Funds.
· National Centre for Flexible
Electronics (NCFlexE) is an initiative of Government of India to promote
research and innovation in the emerging area of Flexible Electronics.
· Centre of Excellence on Internet on
Things (IoT) is a joint initiative of Department of Electronics &
Information Technology (DeitY), ERNET and NASSCOM.
The estimated impact of Digital India by 2019 would
be cross cutting, ranging from broadband connectivity in all Panchayats, Wi-fi
in schools and universities and Public Wi-Fihotspots. The programme will
generate huge number of IT, Telecom and Electronics jobs, both directly and
indirectly. Success of this programme will make India Digitally empowered and
the leader in usage of IT in delivery of services related to various domains
such as health, education, agriculture, banking, etc.