6 years of Digital India

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6 years of Digital India

Recently the flagship flag-ship scheme of the Government of India ‘Digital India’ has completed 6 years.

The Digital India program was launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology with a view to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

It focuses on 3 key vision areas-

  • Digital infrastructure as a utility for every citizen (availability of high speed internet, easy access to common service centers etc.)
  • Governance and services on demand, availability of services in real time, portability of all civil enililoments etc.
  • Digital empowerment of citizens (universal digital literacy, universally accessible digital resources etc.).

Initiatives launched under ‘Digital India’ program:

Aadhaar Enabled Payment System, Northeast BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) Incentive Scheme, Agrimarket App, Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App etc.

Achievements in last 6 years

  • India’s ranking has improved in the United Nations e-Governance Index.
  • Aadhar database has been created.
  • Mobile phone manufacturing has increased.
  • Swayam free online course has been started from school education to postgraduate education etc.

Current challenges

  • Regulatory constraints relating to taxation and other regulatory guidelines.
  • Problems of internet connectivity in remote rural areas, and digital divide due to digital illiteracy. Lack of coordination among various departments.

Source – PIB

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