Digital India

The National e-Governance Plan approved in 2006 has made a steady progress through Mission Mode Projects and Core ICT Infrastructure, but greater thrust is required to ensure effective progress in electronics manufacturing and e-Governance in the country.

Digital India aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy by leveraging IT as a growth engine of new India.

Vision of Digital India

Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen 

  • High speed internet as a core utility
  • Cradle to grave digital identity -unique, lifelong, online, authenticable
  • Mobile phone & Bank account enabling participation in digital & financial space
  • Easy access to a Common Service Centre
  • Shareable private space on a public cloud
  • Safe and secure Cyber-space


Governance & Services on Demand 

  • Seamlessly integrated across departments or jurisdictions
  • Services available in real time from online & mobile platform
  • All citizen entitlements to be available on the cloud
  • Services digitally transformed for improving Ease of Doing Business
  • Making financial transactions electronic & cashless
  • Leveraging GIS for decision support systems & development


Digital Empowerment of Citizens 

  • Universal Digital Literacy
  • Universally accessible digital resources
  • All documents/ certificates to be available on cloud
  • Availability of digital resources / services in Indian languages
  • Collaborative digital platforms for participative governance
  • Portability of all entitlements through cloud


9 Pillars of Digital India

Broadband Highways 

  • Broadband for all Rural 250,000 GP by 2016
  • Integration of SWAN, NKN, NOFN to be implemented in 2 years


Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity 

  • Remaining uncovered villages (~ 42,300 villages) by 2018


Public Internet Access Programme 

  • CSCs – made viable, multi-functional end-points for service delivery.
  • Post Offices to become Multi-Service Centres

Pillars of Digital India

E-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology

  • Government Business Process Re-engineering using IT to improve transactions
  • Online applications and tracking, Interface between departments
  • Use of online repositories e.g. school certificates, voter ID cards, etc.
  • Integration of services and platforms – UIDAI, Payment Gateway, Mobile Platform, EDI
  • Electronic Databases – all databases and information to be electronic, not manual
  • Public Grievance Redressal – using IT to automate, respond, analyze data to identify and resolve persistent problems – largely process improvements


e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services 

  • Technology for Education – e-Education
  • Technology for Health – e-Healthcare
  • Technology for Farmers
  • Technology for Security
  • Technology for Financial Inclusion
  • Technology for Justice


Information for All 

  • Online Hosting of Information & documents
  • Government pro-actively engages through social media
  • 2-way communication between citizens and government
  • Online messaging to citizens on special occasions/programs


Electronics Manufacturing 

  • Target NET ZERO Imports is a striking demonstration of intent
  • Taxation, Incentives, Economies of Scale, Eliminate cost disadvantages
  • Skill development + Government procurement


 IT for Jobs

  • Train people in smaller towns & villages for IT sector jobs
  • Train Service Delivery Agents to run viable businesses delivering IT services
  • IT/ITES in NE


Early Harvest Programmes 

  • Biometric attendance
  • Wi-fi in All Universities
  • Public wifi hotspots
  • School Books to be eBooks


Impact of Digital India by 2019 

  • Broadband in 2.5 lakh villages, universal phone connectivity
  • Net Zero Imports by 2020
  • 400,000 Public Internet Access Points
  • Wi-fi in 2.5 lakh schools, all universities; Public wi-fi hotspots for citizens
  • Digital Inclusion: 1.7 Cr trained for IT, Telecom and Electronics Jobs
  • Job creation: Direct 1.7 Cr. and Indirect at least 8.5 Cr.
  • e-Governance & eServices: Across government
  • India to be leader in IT use in services – health, education, banking
  • Digitally empowered citizens – public cloud, internet access



  • Program on this scale never conceived
  • Cyber-Security Issues
  • Human Resource Issues
  • Financial Resource Issues
  • Coordination Issues
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