Despite being the world’s second largest country in terms of population , its a common fact that the infrastructure growth and technological development in most parts of the country hasn’t seen any progress and requires a major overhaul. So it is imperative that the importance of technology in any every step taken towards creating a digital governance is understood and more focus is given to that
So for this initiative to gain steam, one should work on a plan in creating an unified government model that heavily relies on technology, internet and more importantly social media. The government model doesn’t focus on just providing more facilities to the public but rather creating a seamless government organization that taps and adapts every resource available to give a superior experience,which includes harnessing the power of digital technologies and social media
The below two representations of the old model of government channels and communications and how it has transformed adapting to the technologies available at their disposal
The above picture should be interpreted in a way that social media and internet doesn’t replace existing channels but rather it only complements the age old solutions and adds more utility and efficiency
Planning for a Digital India
The ideal way in going forward with this plan is to see it as a 3 point objective
- Empowering the Public
- Service on Demand
- Developing Infrastructure
With a rapid rise in cloud networking and digital infrastructure being setup, another key point to watch out is safety and security of these information. A Digital India can be fully called as one, only if its safe and secure from cyber criminals too
Mobile Revolution : A pivot for Digital India
As explained above infrastructure, empowerment and cloud services are the key tools in building a Digital India. However despite the presence of all these , the mission can still fail, if it doesnt reach to every last citizen of the country. Those living in urban cities have access to all facilities, like High Speed internet ,good roads, 3G Mobile connectivity , Media and so on.
But it all matters when it comes down to rural and suburban connectivity, which lacks even basic facilities like schools,drinking water , toilets and hasn’t seen any development in several decades. Not just internet , but most parts of India, don’t even have a cell phone tower to make a mobile call. These are the areas which Government must focus ,to help them get access to the mobile world .
This last mile of connectivity can be immensely useful for the government to send targeted communication and ads to these remote villages and spread awareness on new initiatives almost instantly. Earlier it was the job of the post office and village panchayats to constantly communicate with Government offices to spread information
Even if procuring a laptop or a PC is very expensive for most households in these parts of the country, a cheap touch screen mobile powered by even a 2G internet can literally put them on the digital world with access to emails, E-Government services etc..
The Convergence of Technology
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Even before planning and setting up the infrastructure for a Digital India, the starting point for all of these should be about Education and Jobs.
“The news gathering and newscasts will have tentacles into every inch of the internet – interactive, podcasts, livestreams, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter. We’ll make our audience reporters in the field through Instagram and Vine, Snapchat and blogs, our users become the audience and our audience becomes contributors.”
- A Broadband connectivity in nearly 3 Lakh villages across India
- Public Wifi Hotspots in all public areas and Creation of WLAN zones in many urban Tier-1 cities
- Empowered citizens , digitally
- 20 Million Graduates and students trained in IT ,Telecom and Soft skills
- Creation of IT/IT ES/BPO/Telecom/Software jobs in the range of 30-40 million
Check out Intel‘s initiative in their quest for promoting #DigitalIndia.
Intel is committed towards our government’s vision of a Digital India. Through its ‘Digital Skills for India’ and ‘Innovate for India’ initiatives, Intel has been fostering technology as the enabler for creating a digitized India.
The Intel Digital Skills for India Program will set India on the path of becoming a digitally inclusive society. Intel Innovate for India Challenge will also foster local innovation for pervasive technology adoption and usage across India