India's Big Leap Into The Digital Future
eGov|December 2018 eIndia
India's Big Leap Into The Digital Future

In July 2015, the Government of India embarked on an ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme to transform the country to a “digitally empowered society and knowledge economy”. For the past four years, this flagship programme is being driven by three important visions, writes Vivek Ratnakar of Elets News Network (ENN).

Digital infrastructure as a core utility to every citizen,” “Governance and services on demand” and “Digital empowerment of citizens,” are these three visions. According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Digital India initiative is a war against touts and middlemen. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get benefit of the latest information and communication technology.

The network of about 300,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) built under this initiative act as access points for delivery of digital services, ensuring that “the advantages of technology are not restricted to a select few but are there for all sections of society”.

For Misbah Hashmi, who hails from Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, the CSC near her home has changed her life forever. “At my Centre, a wide range of Government and other services like banking, insurance and pension-related issues can be availed,” she told the Prime Minister while interacting with him online on the 4th anniversary of Digital India programme.

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