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PM Modi seeks timely digital connectivity across India

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Prime Minister Narender Modi directed the telecom ministry to ensure timely implementation of the broadband project, NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network). The progress of the Rs. 30,000 crore project is likely to be reviewed in first week of March 2015.

NOFN is part of the Digital India programme, a Government of India initiative aimed at integrating various government departments and the people of India. The project would reduce a lot of paperwork as citizens would be able to make requests for various services electronically. NOFN is the initial part of creating an ambitious digital infrastructure connecting rural areas with high speed Internet. Delivery of digital services as well as digital literacy are later part of the whole project. At a cost-expenditure of Rs. 1.13 crore, the project is expected to be completed by 2019. An Apex Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth had recently took note of the progress of Digital India.

National Optical Fibre Network alone would be able to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by December 2016. Modi insisted the officials to meet the deadline as he urged them to monitor the the progress closely. He also told the Department of Telecommunications to oversee any bottleneck and ensure that the project does not encounter any delay.

It is evident that India needs a robust digital network across the overlooked rural areas to facilitate smooth government processes and quick resolution of issues. The infrastructure could easily become a national platform for the rural sectors to voice their concerns in an effective way to the highest of authorities.

Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is already undertaking fortnightly meetings to ensure an un-delayed completion of the project.

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10 easy steps to book a ticket via IRCTC app

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IRCTC going 'next generation'. Pexels
IRCTC going 'next generation'. Pexels

We all book e-tickets through IRCTC, however sometimes the slow performance of the website can be frustrating for us. But there may be a solution to our problem.

IRCTC has recently launched the IRCTC app, taking it to the ‘next generation’. Here are 10 easy steps to book a ticket on IRCTC app.

1. Download the IRCTC app from google store or IRCTC’s website

Here’s the link http://contents.irctc.co.in/en/IRCTC_andriod_App.html

2. Choose the ‘Train Ticket’ option

After launching the app, your mobile screen will show you four options.

  • Train Ticket
  • Book Meal
  • Air Ticket
  • IRCTC Tourism

You need to choose the book ticket option.

IRCTC is a subsidiary of Indian Railways. WIkimedia commons
IRCTC is a subsidiary of Indian Railways. WIkimedia commons

3. Login

Type your username and password to log in. If you do not have an IRCTC account, click on Register.

4. Generate pin

Once you are registered and logged in, you will need to create a 4 digit pin for all future logins into the app from a specific mobile.

5. New Booking

  • Select ‘From’ station
  • Select ‘To’ station
  • Select ‘Date of Journey

Click on the ‘Flexible with date’ checkbox to include trains that run on other days as well (except the day of your date of journey).

Note: Tap the button located on the upper-left side of the screen to view all available options.

Click on Search Train

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With India, Indian Railway is also digitizing, Pixels

6. Click on the train of your choice

  • Select your quota
  • Select the train of your choice
  • Tap on class to view seat availability
  • Click on ‘Book Now’

You can click on ‘Route Map’ to know the itinerary of the train, whereas ‘Fare Breakup’ to see the selected class’s fare details.

Add passenger page will follow once you click on book now. There will a special option to add child passengers below 5 years of age.

Click on ‘Book Ticket’ once you are done.

7. Select your preferences

  • Change the boarding point if you wish to (it cannot be changed after this).
  • Select conditions if you want them to be applied to your booking.
  • Enter your preferred coach number.

Click on done.

IRCTC bring you a variety of preferences to select from. Pexels
IRCTC bring you a variety of preferences to select from. Pexels

8. Enter passenger details

  • Enter your name, age, gender, and country (foreign nationals need to add passport number).
  • Select birth preference.
  • Select food choice.

Note: Female passengers aged above 58 and male passengers aged above 60 need to check senior citizens options to avail discount.

Click on done.

9. Review your payment details

Review train details, source/destination & boarding station, class, departure/arrival time, availability and quota are displayed.

Enter captcha and click on ‘Proceed’.

10. Make Payment

Choose your payment method and proceed to confirm the booking.

Your booking details will follow post payment.