Suppose you are applying for a passport, but you don’t know about the procedure so you go to a middleman. He will ask for a bribe to help you out. As you don’t have any option you just pay the bribe.
Now imagine about a facility where you can apply for the passport by sitting in your room. If have high speed internet in your room. Here you need not contact any middleman and pay the bribe. You just need to submit your required documents which are already stored in your digital locker and you application for a passport is submitted. You get a confirmation mail and message. How simple this facility is? You have not gone anywhere and you have applied for the passport which is generally considered very cumbersome procedure.
Now imagine this facility is applying on almost all facets of life. That’s what the vision of Digital India is.
What is digital India initiative?
This is an initiative to make things easy for citizens. This will transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy where things will be procured online which will make things easier, transparent and economical for everyone. The program 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. It will make our government participative, transparent and responsive.
How this will be done?
This will be done through the broadband connectivity. The entire nation will be connected via high speed internet.
How much funding is allotted for digital India programme?
Over INR one lakh crore.
Important initiatives which will be taken under the Digital Indian Mission
There are many initiatives under the digital India program to make it possible. Main initiatives are described below.
DIGILocker-Imagine a situation when you carry lots of documents in a file when you go to open a bank account or apply for a passport. There are many of the risks involve here like caring the documents. They may get torn so you need to laminate it. It also involved the risk of getting lost so you need to keep it safe and protected. Is there anyway way, where you need not to carry these documents over and again, and things will be done. Yes!!!
And your answer is digital locker indie or DiGiLocker. It is a dedicated personal storage space for e-documents issued by government departments like Pan Card, driving license, voter Identity card, passport, Aadhar. This will also have an e-signature facility, which can be used to sign stored documents. Each locker is linked to your Aadhar number.
Now you need not to carry these necessary documents everywhere as it is already stored in your digital locker which can be accessed by using your aadhar number. It will reduce your burden as well as others too. It will also help in cost cutting like you can save tons of resources like paper which you use to Xerox. It will make easy to apply for any service like gas connection. Concerned authority will just login and check all the required documents. Really a commanding facility right!!!!
Bharat Net- Imagine over the year, all rural India will be connected to broadband. You can access the internet even in remote villages and utilize all the necessary facilities like you can watch video or have a video chat with friends, send emails.
Bharat Net is building high-speed digital highways to connect more than 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats. This would be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity and this will play the most important role in Digital India Mission.
eSign – You have often heard about the forgery wheresomeone gets your document, make a forged signature and do all illegal work, under your name like getting SIM card or opening a bank account. And you become suspect of all those illegal activities invisible done under you name. esign is here to protect you from this fraud.
eSign framework would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication. Here no one can use your signature to forge.
MyGov app – Imagine a situation where you are participating in the daily government function. You are giving suggestion and concerned authorities are taking actions.
By using this app you can participate in government engagement. You can offer suggestions, raise complain and track your complain status, talk to the concerned authority. This will make government more accountable to the people.
National Scholarships Portal – Now you need not to go to different schools or organizations to fill up the forms for the scholarship sponsored by the government of India if you require.
With the help of this National Scholarships Portal which will be one-stop-solution for all government of India scholarship program, you can easily submit your application. This portal will also help in verification, sanction and disbursal of scholarship to the beneficiary.
Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) app – It will help to make India a cleaner place. If you locate garbage lying on the road and no one cares. You can just make the request to the concerned authority via the Swachh Bharat Mission app and the garbage will be cleared. This app will help people to coordinate with authority.
E-education–Imagine sitting in your home and getting all kinds of education you need by internet or smartphone.
Even you are getting online digital classes and you need not to go anywhere. No necessary tuition.This will help those children who stay in remote locality where generally teachers are not available.
Now they can complete their study through e-learning and this will empower our nation.
E-health–Imagine you are in a government hospital and waiting in a long queue for registration. Then doctors will ask for a couple of reports. Here you again stand in the queue and get your test done. Then you again wait in queue to collect your report. The system of queue won’t leave you easily. You have to wait for medicine, fee payment and many more facilities.
Now imagine a facility where you can make online registration, pay the required fee, see the diagnostic report and conduct the consultant with the doctors. You will get all the information online or also through SMS. No queue, no hassle and no tension. How easy it will make our life. All you need to do is identifying yourself through your Aadhaar Number, select hospital and department, select date of appointment and you will get a confirmation though SMS.
This E-health initiative aims at providing timely, effective and economical healthcare services to all. This service too will be linked to Aadhaar numbers. This will provide important services like online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, inquiring availability etc.
Wi-Fi hotspots – BSNL will provide the Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country for Internet access on smartphones.
This will help users to access lots of services all across the country.
The Digital India mission is really an ambitious program which will lay the solid rock bottom foundation for a developed India.