Budget 2016: 11 Technology initiatives to boost Digital India drive

Indian government’s flagship Digital India program was criticized by industry experts for not having a firm roadmap for its implementation. But the idea has caught up and the Union Budget 2016 has announced several digital literacy training programs in ru

Indian government’s flagship Digital India program was criticized by industry experts for not having a firm roadmap for its implementation. But the idea has caught up and the Union Budget 2016 has announced several digital literacy training programs in rural areas – and several new platforms (some of which have a dedicated budget allocation).

Here are the 11 new technology initiatives suggested from Budget 2016 that will surely boost Digitization of India:
1) As many as 3 lakh fair price shops will be automated by March 2017.

2) Data Mining and Analytics will be used to nab tax evaders.

3) Digital Depository will be created for School Leaving Certificates, Mark Sheets, College Degrees, and Academic Awards. We already have Digital Locker to store our important documents so that we don’t ever lose papers and submitting your documents to government departments will make easier.

4) Digital Literacy Mission will be set up and it will cover 6 crore rural households in India in the next 3 years. It has been assessed that out of 16.8 crore households in rural India, 12 crore are likely to have no one who is digitally literate. The basic training will be provided to the masses so that they can use the digital platforms – and it will in turn bring transparency in governance.

5) Digital Platform will be set up to facilitate procurement of goods and services by all government ministries and agencies.

6) Financial Data Management Centre will be set up to aggregate and analyze data related to the financial sector.

7) National Career Service Platform will be interlinked with state employment exchanges to make it easier to get right people to fill up vacancies and to help people find right kind of jobs.

8) Online portal will be set up to connect breeders and farmers who are looking to improve their livestock and dairy animals.

9) Rs 150 crore has been allotted to set up an integrated Land Information Management System which be implemented from April 1, 2016. It will be created to manage all land records online.

10) Single online procurement system will be set up to buy food grains from the farmers.

11) Wholesale Markets will be able to integrate through a unified agricultural marketing online platform.

Access to high speed Internet services and safe and secure cyberspace for all Indian citizens will certainly change the way we live and work. Transactions will become easier and people will be able to avail government services easily too.

Digital literacy will surely make more and more people aware about the myriad sources available online.
The government is also working aggressively to expand the National Optical Fibre Network and connect 6 lakh villages to the broadband. Public wi-fi hotspots (such as airport lounges and railway platforms) and connecting all schools and colleges with the broadband are some of the initiatives to make Digital India possible.

The Digital India vision says that villages will have Common Service Centres to help the masses and turn into smart economic hubs while Smart Cities will use information technology to reduce carbon footprints and eco-friendly existence.

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