To increase digital connectivity and make governance more transparent, Digital India initiative has launched some amazing projects. Here are 12 of them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital Media week on Wednesday to push the use of technology to connect and empower people in areas relating to health, education, labour and employment, commerce, etc. The initiative comprises of several projects which will focus on better governance, knowledge and universal phone connectivity across the country.
Under this programme, the government plans to introduce Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, Public Internet Access Programme, IT for Jobs and much more.
The governance will shift from fom e-governance to m-governance where “M is not Modi Governance, it is mobile governance,” said Modi. The initiative aims to bring big investments in the technology sector and this Rs 1.13 lakh crore initiative will help in creating a participative, transparent and responsive government.
Here are some key initiatives which form a part of Digital India week-
1. Digi Locker
The service was launched as an important facility to store crucial documents like Voter ID Card, Pan Card, BPL Card, Driving License, education certificates, etc. in the cloud.
The portal works as an online platform to engage citizens in governance through a “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach.
3. eSign Framework
This initiative would enable users to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.
4. Swach Bharat Mission mobile app
The app will enable organizations and citizens to access information regarding the cleanliness drive and achieve the goals of the mission.
5. National Scholarship Portal
This initiative aims at making the scholarship process easy. From submitting the application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary, everything related to government scholarships can be done on this single portal online.
Online Registration System under this initiative enables people to avail services like online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, checking on the availability of blood online, etc.
This initiative will involve digitization of data and records on a large scale in the country to make easy and quick access to them possible.
8. Bharat Net
Under this initiative, a high-speed digital highway will connect all 250,000 gram panchayats of the country. This is the world’s largest rural broadband project using optical fibre.
9. Wi-fi Hotspots
Development of high speed BSNL wi-fi hotspots throughout the country is yet another initiative to improve digital connectivity in the country.
10. Next Generation Network
Launched by BSNL, this service will replace 30-year old telephone exchanges to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia and other types of communication services.
11. Electronics Development Fund
The fund will be set up to support the manufacturing of electronics products that would help create new jobs and reduce import. The funds will promote innovation, research and product development to create a resource pool within the country.
12. Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things (IoT)
In partnership with NASSCOM, DeitY and ERNET in Bangalore, Centre of Excellence will enable rapid adoption of IoT technology and encourage a new growth strategy. IoT will help the citizens in services like transport system, parking, electricity, waste management, water management and women’s safety to create smart cities, smart health services, smart manufacturing and smart agriculture, etc.