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Digital India - All That You Wanted to Know - Ashish Kulkarni

Digital India – All That You Wanted to Know

The government has initiated an umbrella programme costing Rs 1 lakh crore comprising of various projects promising to transform India into a digitally empowered economy. Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s favorite project is all set to begin. The “Digital India Program” is expected to be a focus for the Government agencies and who’s who of the industry.,

What Do We Expect From Digital India?

This programme aims to provide eKranti – Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Public Internet Access Programme, E-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, Electronics Manufacturing: Target Net Zero Imports, Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes.

Some projects in this programme have been initiated already, details follow:


in is a governance platform that facilitates citizen engagement through the “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach. This initiative will be available to users through a mobile App.

The Swach Bharat Mission

The Swach Bharat Mission (SBM) has already been implemented and is being propagated as a mobile App for users and Government organisations to achieve its set goals.

National Scholarship Portal

National Scholarship Portal is an end-to-end, one-window solution for submission of applications by students, verification of the same, until sanction and disbursal of the sum to the end beneficiary for all scholarships provided by the Government of India.

Online Registration System

ORS or the Online Registration System is an e-hospital application that has been introduced to allow citizens to enquire about the availability of blood online, get online diagnostic reports, online registration, appointment and payment of fees etc.


Soon a framework called e-Sign will be launched that will enable users to sign a document online using their Aadhaar authentication.

Digital Locker System

A Digital Locker System will aim at minimizing the usage of documents in physical form. It shall also enable sharing of e-documents across agencies via registered agencies which ensures the authenticity of the documents.

Bharat Net

A high-speed digital highway is a technological initiative undertaken by the Government of India that will connect all the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of the country, making it the world’s major rural broadband connectivity scheme using optical fiber.

Next Generation Network

BSNL has come up with an IP based technology, the Next Generation Network (NGN) that will replace 30 year old exchanges, managing all types of services like voice, data, multimedia/video and other types of packet switched communication services.

Wi-Fi HotSpots

Large scale operation of Wi-Fi hotspots all through the country has been undertaken by BSNL where a user can connect to the Internet on the move using mobiles.

Digitize India Platform

Digitize India Platform (DIP) has been undertaken by DeitY- a scheme namely for big scale records digitization in the country, facilitating competent delivery of services to the people.

Apart from these, policy initiatives have been undertaken by DeitY in the e-Governance domain like the policy on Open Application Programming Interfaces (API’s), e-Kranti framework, e-mail policy of the Government of India and use of IT resources, etc.

There’s a lot to look forward to in this outlook of the digitally educated Government making efforts to make India a technologically aware and advanced nation. Government of India aims to change lives of people through Digital India initiative, this is expected to generate more than 15 lakh jobs.

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