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DeitY envisaged ‘Digital India’ gets a nod from the cabinet

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) envisaged programme ‘Digital India’ received an approval from the Cabinet yesterday. The programme will be implemented in phases from now till 2018 and will aim to ensure that all Government services are made available electronically and bring connectivity to every citizen. Focus on 3 key areas: The focus of the Digital India programme is to enable digital infrastructure for every citizen with high speed internet in all Gram Panchayats, sharable privates spaces in a public cloud, digital identity for citizens etc., bring governance and services on demand with single window access to all government departments, real time online availability of government services, making transaction above a threshold cashless etc., and digitally empowering citizens with universally accessible digital resources, support for Indic languages, availability of government documents/certificates online, collaborative and participative governance etc. Impact: According to a presentation on the program by DeitY, the impact of Digital India will bring broadband to 2.5 lakh villages, 400,000 public internet access points, Wi-Fi in 2.5 lakh schools and universities along with public wi-fi hotspots for citizens among other things. The program is estimated to create 1.7 crore direct jobs and more than 8.5 crore jobs indirectly. Management and funding: A programme management structure consisting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for according the approval of projects, and a Monitoring Committee headed by the Prime Minister will be established for monitoring the implementing the programme. The source of funding for most of the e-Governance based projects will…

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