DIGITAL INDIA PROGRAMME

Recently, the Prime Minister of India addressed a virtual event to mark the completion of six years of Digital Indian programme

Important points:

The data and demographic dividend combined with India’s proven tech prowess presents massive opportunity for the country, and this decade will be ‘India’s techade’.

Vision Areas:

  1. Digital infrastructure as Utility to Every Citizen.
  2. Governance and services on demand.
  3. Digital empowerment of citizens.

Objectives:

  1. To prepare India for a knowledge future.
  2. For being transformative that is to realize IT (Indian Talent) + IT (Information Technology) = IT (India Tomorrow).
  3. Making technology central to enabling change.

On being an Umbrella Programme – covering many departments.

Significant Achievements:

  • The introduction of Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which introduced the benefits of digital payments in every part of the country.
  • From flourishing businesses to modest street vendors, UPI is helping everyone with payments and transactions.
  • This also encourages a number of private players to provide alternatives for digital payments which completely transformed the Indian economy.
  • Easing the Operations of Businesses: The Electronic Customer Identification System (e-KYC), the Electronic Document Storage System (DigiLocker) and the Electronic Signature System (eSign) were introduced to help businesses streamline their operations.
  • Beyond the JAM Trinity: What started as a simple step to kick off the JAM trinity (Jan Dhan, Aadhar and Mobile) to weed out leakages in the system, today empowered the entire vaccination drive for Covid, making India only the second nation to USA that administered 20 crore vaccines.

Way Forward

There are many roadblocks in the way of its successful implementation like digital illiteracy, poor infrastructure, low internet speed, lack of coordination among various departments, issues pertaining to taxation etc. These challenges need to be addressed in order to realize the full potential of this programme.

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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