Digital India was launched on 1st of July 2015, by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. The campaign drastically boosted the use of electronic services and products. The project is run by a Government entity called Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL).? Objectives of Digital India
The massive campaign is divided into three parts which hope to achieve the following objectives:I. A stable, secure digital infrastructure connecting every part of the countryII. Easy access to online government services (e-Governance)III. Digital literacy of the masses
The government of India wanted the rural public to make use of the internet and offer them access to various services online…? National Rural Internet Mission
• The rural face of India is quite different from the urban spheres.Digital India can be well felt and experienced at every step in urban livelihoods but not to a very great extent in rural parts of India. The necessary infrastructure and budget allocation create major hindrances to develop rural spots on par with urban hotspot. • Also, to a major extent, education and awareness have a very big role to play in terms of rural development and sustenance of technology there.• Gram panchayats linked digitally to service centers, which are digitally operated online hubs are major areas of development seen in rural areas in the past few years. Also, the digitalisation of post offices in rural parts of India cater to rural livelihood to a very large extent.? UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance)
• It is an application developed for all mobile platforms and even works on feature phones. Available in multiple Indian languages, the application allows people to access services such as tax payment, railway ticket booking, education portals, a digital locker and a biometric identification system called AADHAR.? Digital Literacy
• This is a huge step undertaken by the Government of India to let rural people make use of the internet in order to improve the overall quality of life. A majority of the rural population did not have internet access until 2015.• The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi also undertook an initiative to make rural households digitally literate. The massive 2,351.38 crore project is an effort to cover approximately 6 crore households under its umbrella. The project, executed by a body known as PMGDisha (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan), is hoping to achieve its target by the end of March 2019.? Digital India- Success or failure?
• Digital India is a work in progress in the truest sense. Though the project has surely made an impact on the common people of India, much of the work done is either inadequate or unsatisfactory at some level or the other.• However, the number of internet users in India has increased to a whopping 500 million users in the year 2017. Suddenly, the country has the highest rate of newly added monthly users, contributing almost 10 million people every day.• Surely, the government initiative has done much work in laying out the groundwork to a technologically advanced country, but the lack of awareness, literacy and infrastructure is getting in the way. The government hoped to cover more people under the umbrella of the scheme, but some parts of India are still unable to use the technology due to various reasons such as lack of resources or understanding.• The project can be considered to be successful in general terms but still remains a failure in the broader sense. Of course, campaigns like these take years if not decades and Digital India is still in its early stages.• The government is actively pushing the project and announced in the 2019 Union Budget that they will be working towards a $5 trillion digital economy in the near future.