The Government of India has launched the Digital Locker recently to mark Digital India week on 1st of July with a view to empower the people of the country through the Digital India Programme. The Government of India plans to take up a series of initiatives for developing various applications and portals that would go a long way in making the lives of the citizens better.
The participation of people has not been very encouraging, with the youth having poor user interface and security issues.
The Digital Locker: It will help all the citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates, thus eliminating the use of physical documents and enable sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies. Each citizen will get a maximum of 10MB storage space, which can later be increased to 1GB. To sign-up for your DigiLocker, one needs Aadhaar number and a mobile number that is linked to that Aadhaar number. Users can also link the account to their Google and Facebook accounts. Once you have registered, you can start uploading scanned documents like 10th class mark sheet, 12th class certificates, degree, PAN card, Voter ID card, etc. Each document should be less than 1MB in size and only in .pdf, .jpg, .png, .bmp or .gif format. Personal documents like health records, registered land deeds, marriage records and wills and conveyance deeds should be next possible options.
Time and technology are the great equalizer and empowering tools. The government before taking the credits must ensure that the interface is user friendly and state of the art. The additional facility of OCR can help identify the documents on its own. The cyber security issues are vital to ensure that personal documents like Pan Card, Passport and other details do not land up in wrong hands and misused. Unless these issues are addressed urgently the envisioned Digital India goals may not reach and benefit the citizens. The clarity on the issues and who owns the responsibility in case of a possible hack of data need more attention and implementation.
People we talked to are happy using their email attachments and Google drives for the same which have state of the art interface, large space and excellent security provisions.
Digital India Project will boost the development process and will help the citizens to engage themselves in a hassle-free way
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital Media program to push the use of technology
The Ministry of Tourism has taken up the initiative of implementatingTourist Visa on Arrival enabled with Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)
Digital India initiative has been launched by the government of India to increase digital connectivity and make governance more transparent. The initiative includes several projects which will focus on better governance, knowledge and universal phone connectivity across the country. Under the digital program, the government plans to introduce Public Internet Access Program, Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity and much more. These all platforms will boost the development process and will help the citizens to engage themselves in a hassle-free way.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital Media program to push the use of technology to connect and empower people in areas relating to health, education, labour and employment, commerce, etc. The governance is shifting from e-governance to m-governance where “M” stands for mobile governance. The initiative is to bring big investments in the technology sector and this will further help in creating a participative, transparent and responsive government.
Here are some key initiatives which form a part of Digital India week:
SWATCH BHAARAT app
The Swachhta Abhiyan is an initiative by the government for informing the citizens of sanitation and hygiene. The program has turned into a national campaign with citizens becoming active participants in cleanliness drive across the nation.
The dream of Mahatma Gandhi of a ‘Clean India’ is being realized with millions of people across the country joining the cleanliness initiatives of the government departments to make India clean as a part of this ‘Jan Andolan’.
PRADHAN MANTRI JAN-DHAN YOJANA (PMJDY)
Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana is a financial inclusion plan comprising an integrated approach to bind all the financial transactions of all the citizens. The plan contemplates universal access to banking facilities at least one basic banking account in every household, financial literacy, access to credit, insurance and pension facility.
The scheme proposes of channelling all Government benefits (from Centre / State / Local Body) to the beneficiaries’ accounts and pushing the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme of the Union Government.
3. GOODS AND SERVICE TAX NETWORK (GSTN)
The GST System Project is a remarkable and complex IT initiative. It is for the first time that a uniform interface is established for the taxpayer and a common and shared IT infrastructure between the Centre and States.
The platform is a trusted National Information Utility (NIU) that will help in achieving a reliable and efficient IT backbone for the smooth functioning of the Goods & Services Tax system. It enables economic agents to leverage the entire nation as one market with minimal indirect tax compliance cost.
Website: h ttp://www.gstn.org/index.php
4. FARMER PORTAL
The Farmer Portal provides all the relevant information and services to the farming community and private sector through information and communication technologies. It will help in supplementing the existing delivery channels provided for by the department.
Farmers’ Portal is an initiative to create a one-stop window for meeting all informational needs relating to Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries sectors production, sale/storage of an Indian farmer.
With this, Indian Farmer will not be required to scuffle through different websites for any information.
The Ministry of Tourism has taken up the initiative of implementatingTourist Visa on Arrival enabled with Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA). It strongly backed by Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Civil Aviation for implementing this programme.
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The e-Tourist Visa enables the foreign visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country without visiting the Indian embassy and can also pay the visa fee online.
Digitize India is an initiative under the Digital India Program of the Government of India. Digitize India Platform will provide digitization of services of all the scanned document or physical documents for any official work.
The focus is to digitalize all the existing data which are in different formats into data extracts for document management
7. DIGITAL AIIMS
Through Digital AIIMS program, every Patient visiting AIIMS will be given a Digital Identity by the Unique Health Identification Number and it will be generated on an Aadhar platform.
The project was initiated in January 2015 with the creation of an effective linkage between AIIMS, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeiTY).
Targeted at the idea of paperless governance, DigiLocker is the flagship program of the Indian Government. The initiative aimed at transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
DigiLocker runs parallel with Digital India’s vision, where every citizen of the country will be provided with a private space on a public cloud and making all documents/certificates available in this space.
Through this platform, issuance and verification of documents will be done in a manner, thus eliminating the requirement of any physical documents.