Do you want to know about “Pillars Of Digital India”?

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Digital India programme is like an umbrella that covers multiple Government Ministries and Departments. It weaves together a large number of ideas and thoughts into a single, comprehensive vision so that each of them can be implemented as part of a larger goal.

Digital India is to be implemented by the entire Government with overall coordination being done by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY).

What Do you mean by Digital India?

9 Pillars Of Digital India

Digital India aims to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas, namely :

  • Broadband Highways
  • Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
  • Public Internet Access Programme
  • e-Goverance : Reforming Government through Technology
  • e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery Of Services
  • Information For All
  • Electronics Manufacturing
  • IT for Jobs
  • Early Harvest Programmes

1.Broadland Highways

Broadland Highways
  • The initiative is to focus on network penetration and fill the gaps in connectivity in the country.
  • Under Broadband for All Urban, Virtual Network Operators would be leveraged for service delivery and communication infrastructure in new urban development and buildings would be mandated.

2.Public Internet Access Programme

Public Internet Access Programme
  • The two sub components of Public Internet Access Programme are Common Service Centres and Post Offices as multi-service centres.
  • A total of 150,000 Post Offices are proposed to be converted into multi service centres. Department of Posts would be the nodal department to implement this scheme.

3.Universal Access To Mobile Connectivity

Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
  • The initiative is to focus on network penetration and fill the gaps in connectivity in the country.
  • All together 42,300 uncovered villages will be covered for providing universal mobile connectivity in the country.

4.e-Governance : Reforming Government through technology

Reforming Government through Technology

The guiding principles for reforming government through technology are:

  • Form simplification and field reduction – Forms should be made simple and user friendly and only minimum and necessary information should be collected.
  • Online applications, tracking of their status and interface between departments should be provided.
  • Use of online repositories e.g. school certificates, voter ID cards, etc. should be mandated so that citizens are not required to submit these documents in physical form.
  • Integration of services and platforms, e.g. UIDAI, Payment Gateway, Mobile Platform, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) etc. should be mandated to facilitate integrated and interoperable service delivery to citizens and businesses.

5.e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of Services


Technology for Education – e-Education

  • All Schools will be connected with broadband.  Free wifi will be provided in all secondary and higher secondary schools (coverage would be around 250,000 schools). A programme on digital literacy would be taken up at the national level. MOOCs –Massive Online Open Courses shall be developed and leveraged for e-Education.

Technology for Health – e-Healthcare

  • E-Healthcare would cover online medical consultation, online medical records, online medicine supply, pan-India exchange for patient information. Pilots shall be undertaken in 2015 and full coverage would be provided in 3 years.

Technology for Farmers

  • This would facilitate farmers to get real time price information, online ordering of inputs and online cash, loan and relief payment with mobile banking.

Technology for Security

  • Mobile based emergency services and disaster related services would be provided to citizens on real time basis so as to take precautionary measures.It will help well in time and minimize loss of lives and properties.

Technology for Financial Inclusion

  • Financial Inclusion shall be strengthened using Mobile Banking, Micro-ATM program and CSCs/ Post Offices.

Technology for Justice

  • Interoperable Criminal Justice System shall be strengthened by leveraging e-Courts, e-Police, e-Jails and e-Prosecution.

Technology for Planning

  • National GIS Mission Mode Project would be implemented to facilitate GIS based decision making for project planning, conceptualization, design and development.

Technology for Cyber Security

  • National Cyber Security Co-ordination Center would be set up to ensure safe and secure cyber-space within the country.

6.Information For All

Information for Everyone
  • Open Data platform and online hosting of information & documents would facilitate open and easy access to information for citizens.
  • Government shall pro-actively engage through social media and web based platforms to inform citizens. My has already been launched as a medium to exchange ideas with Government. It will facilitate 2-way communication between citizens and government.
  • Online messaging to citizens on special occasions/programs would be facilitated through emails and SMS.
  • The above would largely utilise existing infrastructure and would need limited additional resources.

7.Electronics Manufacturing

Electronics Manufacturing

This ambitious goal requires coordinated action on many fronts

  • Taxation, incentives
  • Economies of scale, eliminate cost disadvantages
  • Focus areas – Big Ticket Items FABS, Fab-less design, Set top boxes, VSATs, Mobiles, Consumer & Medical Electronics, Smart Energy meters, Smart cards, micro-ATMs
  • Incubators, clusters
  • Skill development
  • Government procurement

8.IT For Jobs

IT for Jobs
  • 1 Cr students from smaller towns & villages will be trained for IT sector jobs over 5 years. DEITY would be the nodal department for this scheme.
  • BPOs would be set up in every north-eastern state to facilitate ICT enabled growth in these states. DEITY would be the nodal department for this scheme.
  • 3 lakh service delivery agents would be trained as part of skill development to run viable businesses delivering IT services. DeitY would be the nodal department for this scheme.
  • 5 lakh rural workforce would be trained by the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to cater to their own needs. Department of Telecom (DoT) would be the nodal department for this scheme.

9.Early Harvest Programmes

Early Harvest Programmes

IT Platform for Messages

  • A Mass Messaging Application has been developed by DeitY that will cover elected representatives and all Government employees. 1.36 Cr mobiles and 22 Lakh emails are part of the database.

Government Greetings to be e-Greetings

  • Basket of e-Greetings templates have been made available. Crowd sourcing of          e-Greetings through MyGov platform has been ensured. E-Greetings portal has been made live on 14th  August 2014.

Biometric attendance

  • It will cover all Central Govt. Offices in Delhi and is already operational in DeitY and has been initiated in the Department of Urban Development. On-boarding has also started in other departments.

Wi-Fi in All Universities

  • All universities on the National Knowledge Network (NKN) shall be covered under this scheme. Ministry of HRD is the nodal ministry for implementing this scheme.

Secure Email within Government

  • Email would be the primary mode of communication.
  • Phase-I upgradation for 10 lakh employees has been completed. In Phase II, infrastructure would be further upgraded to cover 50 lakh employees by March 2015 at a cost of Rs 98 Cr. DEITY is the nodal department for this scheme.

Standardize Government Email Design

  • Standardised templates for Government email are under preparation and would be ready by October 2014. This would be implemented by DIETY.

Public Wi-fi hotspots

  • Cities with population of over 1 million and tourist centres would be provided with public wi-fi hotspots to promote digital cities. The scheme would be implemented by DoT and MoUD.

School Books to be eBooks

  • All books shall be converted into eBooks. Ministry of HRD/ DEITY would be the nodal agencies for this scheme.

SMS based weather information, disaster alerts

  • SMS based weather information and disaster alerts would be provided. DEITY’s Mobile Seva Platform is already ready and available for this purpose. MoES (IMD) / MHA (NDMA) would be the nodal organizations for implementing this scheme.

National Portal for Lost & Found children

  • This would facilitate real time information gathering and sharing on the lost and found children and would go a long way to check crime and improve timely response.
  • DEITY/ DOWCD would be the nodal departments for this project


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  1. Ishu says:

    Helpful and amazing

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