‘Digital India’ – How far was it a success?

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What is ‘Digital India’ program :-

  • ‘Digital India’ was launched in July 2015 by Government of India. This is started with the aim to achieve three interconnected goals. They are
    • Availability of high speed internet to each and every citizen.
    • To make all government services accessible to the common man through E-governance.
    • Digital empowerment of citizens.

Achievements :-

  • Mobile internet played an excellent role in achieving vision of digital India. India became second largest market of smartphones in the world. No. of internet users increased to 50 crore as of May 2017. In June 2014, no. of internet users were 24.3 crore.
  • Indian government is promoting content in local languages in internet.
  • India improved its rank in ‘United Nations eGovernance Index’ by 11 positions compared to 2014. In 2016, India’s rank is 107. In 2014, it was 118.
  • No. of e-governance transactions per day was increased.
  • DigiLocker‘, launched in 2015 enables citizens to securely store and share documents electronically has 72.66 lakh registered users as of 2017.
  • All central ministers are present in social media and are utilizing social media to receive complaints and feedback from citizens.
  • Now, people can share their views, ideas and suggestion directly to the government electronically through Narendra Modi app.
  • ‘Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM)’ app, a simple UPI based mobile app for digital payments was launched in december 2016. UPI-based transactions grew more than 20 times since then. However this growth can be attributed to demonetization move.
  • ‘BHIM Aadhar’ was started for digital payments at merchant outlets. With this, payer need not have mobile phone to make digital payment.
  • Digital payments training and awareness campaigns were conducted. 2.04 crore people registered for this and were trained as of 2017.
  • ‘UMANG’ app was launched to drive mobile governance in India.
  • Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan ‘(PMGDISHA) was started with the aim of making 6 crore persons digitally literate. 82.7 lakh people are trained under this scheme as of 2016.
  • Efforts were taken by government of India to make government apps available in regional languages as well.
  • Indian government has installed free public wifi hotspots at many public places.
  • eNAM was setup to connect agriculture produce markets. 36.4 lakh farmers registered for this as of 2017.
  • Direct benefit transfers were increased.
  • 90,966 Gram Panchayats were connected by optical fibre network as of May 2017. The actual goal is to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats by optical fibre network by 2019. This will also cover villages and areas effected by left wing extremism.
  • National Knowledge Network‘, a revolutionary towards creating a knowledge society without boundaries connected 1635 institutions as of 2017.
  • National Cyber Coordination Center‘ is operating from June 2017. It ensures cyber security and is a backbone to the vision of Digital India.
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Criticism :-

  • Despite taking effort to improve e-governance, India stood at 107th place in the world in e-governance according to UN e-governance Index. That means there is so much to be done to be at par with the best.
  • Still there is digital divide between rural and urban areas, between poor and rich, and between young and old people. Government of India is yet to close this gap.
  • All these developments of digital connectivity is a result of global trends. Increased internet penetration is due to competition among telecom companies and the internet pack offers they provided. All this success cannot be attributed to ‘Digital India’ program alone.
  • E-governance was started long before the launch of ‘Digital India’.
  • Still some people in India have no basic education. Digital literacy is difficult to achieve without primary education.
  • Still there are many remote rural areas in India that do not have access to electricity, and some other rural areas have limited access. This is an obstacle for ‘Digital India’.
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Conclusion :-

India has come a long way in digitalization and has a long way to go to achieve the vision of Digital India. We can clearly see the difference in no. of internet users and improved e-governance. But there is still digital illiteracy in many parts of India. ‘Digital India’ will be a success, when its benefits are available to each and every citizen of India.

Afterwords :- What is your opinion on Prime minister’s Digital India program? Express your thoughts in the comment section below. Subscribe to our blog to get new topics delivered to your mail.

Source of data – www.digitalindia.gov.in

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  1. As my all friends share very good points on this topic. I am also adding my opinion, as we all know major part of our country’s population survive in rural area. But a no. of people don’t aware about Internet + Cashless Currency + Digitization + Online Banking + Online Payments and many other things related to Internet. So govnt needs to work on ground level first than move forward in other sectors. When Country’s ground level would be excellent than we can build any type of “Digital Building”.




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  2. According to my knowledge .digital India is a good step for our country because it is very helpful to connect our whole nation through internet .by this step every person of our country is connects to digitalization .its helpful in cashless India .but every person is not in condition to take internet connection.so our government should be give free internet to all people who is not able to take internet connection.




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  3. this step of digital india take by UPA government is very appreciable,but as my friend Deepak Sharma provoked an issue with this program it is very necessary to take some steps to overcome this type of obstacles.Like as government made the aadhar card of every citizen similarly in tribal,slum and rural areas the proper use of internet and smartphone should be tell them and they shuold be told about the merit and demerits of using this.Thanks




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  4. Dear friends, 65 percent people of india are very poor they dont have internet access. There are many children ,old men and women, few daily wagers who are uneducated they don’t know how to use internet. Govt. will have to look at these problems. Govt will have to give the 24×7 electricity to every part of India for the sake of digital working. So first with digitalization govt. should work on removing these types of obstacles. Otherwise it will create a great gap between rich and poor, rural and urban.

    Thankyou




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  5. The aim is good. But infrastructure is poor. The Govt has to ensure necessary provision for better infrastructure. Corporate may provide facilities.




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  6. This is one of the greatest steps taken by prime minister.As we know many foreign countries are far ahead in digitization compare to us,so this is a very important step as well.But as our infrastructure is not so good ,there are many obstacle.So in my opinion government should look after those obstacles to make digital India to achieve its ultimate goal.




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  7. It is the right step taken by modi goverment to connect whole nation through internet. This is the 21st century ,so internet play very huge role in the devlopment of any nation. Still in india there are so many people uneducated so that’s why they are not take the benifit of internet and for most of the poor people this is not affordable . So in my opinion should start free internet class and slash the rate of internet .




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  8. Digital India result may be not we can see but after some time every person will appreciate it its a long term idea




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