As the Government of India tries to boost PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, 23 new programs have been added under it to maximize the use and development of technology.
In an event on 28th December 2015 on ‘Good Governance’, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced some additions under the scheme.
The schemes which have been made to cater to the population, have been divided under four main sections – digital infrastructure, digital empowerment, on-demand government services and promotion of industry.
Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the basic objective should be to scale so that the services are catered to the masses, digital inclusion will not succeed with asymmetry of information as it leads to asymmetry of opportunity.
Here is a brief on the top five initiatives under Digital India Campaign:
Post Payment Bank
India Post will soon kickstart its own bank by March 2017. This initiative has attracted many foreign banks like the World Bank and Barclays. These banks have also shown interest to partner with the government on the upcoming project.
ePayment Portal ‘PayOnline’
This is one of the most important initiatives under the campaign. The centre will create an online payment platform which will be used to pay government taxes, it will be compatible with smartphones and will accept all Credit/Debit cards. A receipt will also be generated after the payment, notifying the completion of the process. This service is also offering net banking to 67 banks. The addition is named as ‘PayOnline’ under Digital India campaign. Also It can be used for inter-ministerial, vendor transactions or small payments by citizens of India for government services.
Olabs for Schools (CBSE)
For the unprivileged children studying in small schools which do not have proper labs, the government has launched online labs where all experiments can be learned and taught online.
Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA)- 2 Programme
This is the second phase of the project where the government is trying spread awareness and is looking forward to solve issues on cyber security in the nation. The last ISEA was approved in 2005 by Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) and its term ended in 2014.
Phase 2’s total budget has been allocated to be Rs 96.08 crore for five years.
National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Odisha
NIC will be introduced in Bhubaneswar and will be operational from September next year. The data center will be made under 40,000 square feets with cloud enabled base.
The investment required for this will be Rs 189 crore.
23 new initiatives under Digital India Campaign:
- Inauguration of Wi-Fi hotspots at Har ki Pauri, Haridwar and Dargah Sharif, Ajmer
- Announcement of Pan India Free Incoming Roaming Facility for MTNL Customers from new year.
- Launch of Post-Terminals (Rural ICT – RICT) – handing over Post Terminals to rural Post Masters.
- Launch of National Centre of Geo-Informatics
- Launch of e-Payment
- Portal Launch of Olabs for CBSE Schools
- Launch of Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Phase-II
- All India BPO Promotion Scheme
- North East Business Process Outsourcing Promotion Scheme
- Transfer of Technology for “ICT Centre on Tactile Graphics” at IIT Delhi
- Announcement of Setting up of NIC Data Centre at Bhubaneswar
- Initiating empanelment for private cloud Services providers
- Digital Locker Mobile App
- Transfer of Text To Speech Technology in 9 Indian Languages
- Digital India Newsletter – English || 7 Digital India Newsletter – Hindi
- Special Manpower Development Program for Chips to System Design
- Launch of ISEA phase 2 programme
- Announcement of Setting up of New STPI Centres
- ToT “ICT Centre on Tactile Graphics” at IIT Delhi ( PH)
- ToT Digital Programmable Hearing Aid (DPHA)
- Cyber Security
- Mobile Towers in Naxalite areas (LWE) in Madhya Pradesh
- Dedication of 10 lakh connections with Next Generation Network (NGN) capacity