Digital India: A Move Towards Open And Transparent Governance

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On 1st July, the Prime Minister of India launched the Digital India Week. With this, India moves a step ahead in the arena of digitalization. This move includes the digitalization of important documents which a person needs on a day-to-day basis. As thoughtful as it may be, it shall help the people of India by making their tasks easier. People can enroll themselves for the digital locker facility at the government website. It can lessen the excessive paperwork that is otherwise required to be kept in long bundles of files and documents. Due to easier access, the Digital India Move is appreciated by people from across the country.

At 4pm on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a big ceremony to give the Digital India Week a green signal. In the ceremony, many VVIP’s were in attendance, and the only news making rounds across the social media was the inaugural ceremony of the Digital India Week. The twitter hashtag #DigitalIndiaWeek has been trending all over India at number 1 since then.

The companies that are using this platform brought by the government are owned by bigwigs, like Mukesh Ambani (Reliance), Sunil Mittal (Bharati Group) amongst others. Aditya Birla Group has promised to invest 7 billion dollars in the next 5 years in this project and Reliance would invest Rs. 2.5 lakh crore towards Digital India Move. The top CEO’s are committed in investing an amount as much as Rs. 4.5 trillion in this initiative. Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Sons said  “Digital India will help India to create a knowledgeable society and will provide government services within a short time.”

Sharing his vision behind the Digital India platform, PM Modi said,

 “I dream of a Digital India where government is open and transparent.”

“I dream of a Digital India where access to information knows no barrier.”

The concerns of the government appear to be in the right direction, as  the Digitalization would minimize the digital divide that has prevailed in India from time immemorial. This shall lead to development, when equal opportunities would be offered to people irrespective of whether they are poor or rich.

In the discussion on Wednesday, the PM gave an example of satellites. He said that when satellites were made, people were unsure of how such scientific and echnologicl advancement would help the farmers and people in rural India! But, today farmers can examine the weather forecasts and deal with their crops accordingly. This education can revamp the way the farmers grow crops, and they can go ahead and defend their crops from unforeseen losses.

The objectivity of eGovernance is to provide better services to customers. eGovernance would solve the queries of people without the need of people going to the government offices, to get their queries solved. This is in addition to the area of e-Kranti where the services of government departments would be electronically delivered. Another benefit that can be enjoyed by the public is the access to all information regarding important policies that the government brings into action. This includes the usage of Right to Information Act, with Internet as the sole source.

The other areas which shall get a boost with this project are facilities of e-health, e-education with better cyber security. National Optical Fiber Network is being stretched, where talks between big cable operators and the government are taking place. This is to provide internet to the people in areas where it hasn’t reached yet. Also, the villages shall be provided with high broadband speed in the days to come under this move.

This sends clear cut signals regarding the intentions of the government to bring transparency in its functioning. One could argue that there could be a day in the vicinity when the banking system in India would go paperless, and products could be stored in the digital godowns that are to be created under the Digital India movement.

To my mind, India has taken a leap in the area of digitalization with the #DigitalIndiaWeek. It can’t be denied that India is recognizing the rich talent it has in the field of Information Technology. Narendra Modi said, “Just like Make in India is important, design in India is also important.” India is going to produce 18 lakh jobs towards the implementation of Digitalization. India is making news worldwide, as this idea is highly promoted all over the world. The Digital India Project is highly welcome, with greater hopes and dreams which this initiative has made India see.

 

Gagandeep Singh Vaid

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