DIGITAL INDIA : DREAM OR REALITY ?
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Digital India’ campaign, which aims to create a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
In order to understand the pros and cons of this campaign first we should understand what does Digital India actually mean. According to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, it is a program to prepare India for a knowledge future. The vision of Digital India is centered on 3 key areas. Firstly, to provide a digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen. Secondly, to provide governance and services on demand. Thirdly, to digitally empower the citizens of the country. All this basically includes high speed internet as a core utility, mobile phone and bank account, enabling participation in digital and financial space, making financial transactions electronically and cashless and services available in real time from online and mobile platform. Moreover, it also includes universally accessible digital resources all documents and certificates to be available on cloud, collaborative digital platforms for participative governance and many more. The 9 pillars of digital India are :-
- Broadband Highways
- Universal Access to Phones
- Public Internet Access Programm
- E-Governance – Reforming government through Technology
- eKranti – Electronic delivery of services
- Information for All
- Electronics Manufacturing – Target NET ZERO Import
- IT for Jobs
- Early Harvest Programs
The overall cost of Digital India in ongoing schemes is approximately Rs. 100,000 Cr and about Rs. 13,0000 Cr for new schemes and activities.
This shows that a large amount of money is needed to fulfill the dream of Digital India. In spite of having so many advantages it also has many drawbacks. There is a lack of security of data on cloud and it is also not safe to do transactions through a public server. Moreover, most of the people are not having access to the internet services as they cannot afford it. About 90 Cr people have mobile phones, but only 14 Cr have smart phones and those having internet access is quite less. Also, there are no laws in our country that can safeguard the rights of a person if his information is leaked or stolen from his e-locker. Spending money on making apps like that for “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” is just a waste as people are being updated through the media about its success stories in order to encourage people to be a part of this campaign. Instead, it must be spent in doing work at the ground level. Providing services do not give us the assurance of elimination of corruption from the system.
It does not mean that this campaign is just a waste of time. We should first give it a chance and it might show some positive results as it progresses. Making any conclusions at its beginning is not correct. We can only hope that government would also look into the limitations of Digital India project and try to make it a great success.
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