Sustainable Future: Digital India

Digital India (Image Source: Times of India)

Digital and Sustainable India:

The Digital India project is the core program of the Government of India which was launched on 1st July 2015 by PM Narendra Modi. It endeavours to metamorphose the nation into a digitally independent society, knowledge economy and self-reliance.  The backbone of the program stands on three fundamental pillars: the development of a secure and stable digital infrastructure, delivering government services digitally and universal digital literacy. 

India is among the top two countries globally on many key dimensions of digital adoption.
Data Source: McKinsey and Company (https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/digital-india-technology-to-transform-a-connected-nation)

Standing true to its motto “Power to Empower”, Digital India has revolutionized operations and functioning of the government institutions and machinery by enhancing their ability and scope to address the grievances and desires of its statesmen by incorporating new technology. The concept of ‘Digitization’ has mammoth potential to reach the last mile and address social and economic obstacles ushering in an era of egalitarianism in society.

Pecuniary incorporation is scaling up. With the capability to develop a $1 trillion digital economy in the coming years, Digital India is empowering technological boost, structured thinking, enhancing networking capacity and sequencing digital initiatives. It is acting as a roadmap to enhance quality and accessibility with increased rural and remote electrification, reduction in data costs and increased internet penetration in urban and rural systems. 

Digital India is a working example, helping India achieve various objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s) agenda 2030. The government’s push to cashless transactions, e-governance, broader connectivity, e-literacy, boosting productivity and making documentation and information sharing easier, digitally, is broadening the horizons of the Information technology (IT) sector as well as reducing the everyday hassle and time consumption with everything at your fingertips from healthcare to education, finance to industries.

AatmaNirbharBharat, India’s story of self-reliance, with Digital India, an epitome of technological empowerment and self-sufficiency is a story of a low-cost initiative but with world-class precision. The biggest asset, it being citizen-centric, with the general mass involved in achieving the vision as custodians of the services it provides and committed to its fundamentals. The program challenges the paradigm set by previous initiatives and presents itself as the potential carrier of the very idea of technologically literate and empowered India.

India is the second-fastest digital adopter among 17 major digital economies.
Data Source: McKinsey and Company (https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/digital-india-technology-to-transform-a-connected-nation)

India has recognized itself with Digital UPI Payments, Make in India, Start-up India, Skill India, Smart City and Metro Projects and Prime Minister Modi’s dream project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A successful digital economy is an output of structured machinery with which these projects have identified themselves and been the key drivers of India’s digital economy. Digitization in India is past its pilot stage, and services are broadening in India.

India's digital leaders and laggards differ on critical aspects of digital strategy, organization, and capabilities.
Data Source: McKinsey and Company (https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/digital-india-technology-to-transform-a-connected-nation)

Challenges:

India’s digital story is inspiring but there continues to be present fault lines obstructing the path of complete digitization.

  • A high level of e-illiteracy, particularly in the rural segment is a major problem
  • Lack of private participation in government programs
  • A significant digital divide between urban and rural sectors
  • Lack of initiative at the base level leading to delayed infrastructure development.

Advice:

  • Digital education must penetrate to the last mile
  • Bridge the divide between the urban and the rural sectors
  • Enhance cyber security and make programs more user-friendly
  • Introduction of local languages in these digital programs to widen the reach
  • Collaborate with private companies and partners to increase efficiency.

Conclusion:

The project is grand in size and vision. It is the right step towards a sustainable, developed and empowered India. Bridge the gap and uplift the under-privileged and stand true to the motto ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (Everyone’s support, everyone’s development).

3 thoughts on “Sustainable Future: Digital India

  1. You have very well elaborated the concept of digital India,it’s pros and cons ,also highlighting the vision of our respected PM sb.
    I think if bureaucrats co-operate with Modi sb and they implement the digital programs in true sense India is a step away from being a world leader.
    Corruption among bureaucrats and ministers is a big hurdle
    But I am positive as youn and dynamic bureaucrats and ministers will change the scenario

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