On July 1st, 2015, Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Digital India’ week. There were many dignitaries present at this occasion which was held at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave the opening address. He said and I quote:
  • “I’m indeed grateful that PM after his victory within 100 days conceived this inspirational programme”.

  • “A billion people of India powered by information technology”.

  • “India’s talent plus information technology is equal to India tomorrow“.

The function held at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium was attended by top industrialists– Reliance (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani, ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani, Bharati Enterprises Chairman Sunil Mittal, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Aditya Birla Group chief Kumarmangalam Birla, Wipro’s Azim Premji.

Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of European consortium Airbus’ Defence and Space unit, and Ping Chang, CEO of Taiwanese company Delta Electronics were among the global companies who graced this occasion.

 

Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi stated as under in his address:

“We have to move from E-governance to ‘M-governance’. M-governance does not mean Modi governance. It means Mobile governance,”

he said in the presence of several ministerial colleagues and top industrialists in the Indian industry and CEOs of some global companies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreams of a “Digital India where government services are easily available to citizens on mobile devices. He said and I quote

“I dream of a Digital India where government proactively engages with people through social media… I dream of Digital India where cyber security becomes an integral part of national security,”

he said, reminding the audience of the historical speech of Martin Luther King.

Under the Digital India programme, initiatives on Digital Locker, e-education and e-health were announced during the event.  The Digital India week will see announcements on several projects that have already launched or ready to be launched:

 

  • The Digital India programme aims to provide Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,  Public Internet Access Programme,  E-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, eKranti – Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing: Target Net Zero Imports,  IT for Jobs  and Early Harvest Programmes. Several projects/products have already launched or ready to be launched as indicated below:

 

  • There will be Digital Lockers System that aims to minimise the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online.

 

  • MyGov.in has been implemented as a platform for citizen engagement in governance, through a “Discuss”, “Do” and “Disseminate” approach. The mobile App for MyGov would bring these features to users on a mobile phone.

 

  • Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app would be used by people and Government organisations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.

 

  • The eSign framework would allow citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.

 

  • The Online Registration System (ORS) under the e-hospital application has been introduced. This application provides important services such as online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood online etc.

 

  • National Scholarships Portal is a one-stop solution for end to end scholarship process right from submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.

 

  • DeitY has undertaken an initiative namely Digitize India Platform (DIP) for large-scale digitization of records in the country that would facilitate efficient delivery of services to the citizens.

 

  • The Government of India has undertaken an initiative namely Bharat Net — a high-speed digital highway to connect all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of the country. This would be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre.

  •  BSNL has introduced Next Generation Network (NGN), to replace 30 year old exchanges, which is an IP-based technology to manage all types of services like voice, data, multimedia/ video and other types of packet switched communication services.

 

  • BSNL has undertaken large-scale deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. The user can latch on the BSNL Wi-Fi network through their mobile devices.

With all of the above, Prime Minister of India has transformed India into a Digital India indeed!

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