Digital India is an ambitious programme of Government of India projected at Rs 1,13,000 crores. This will be for preparing India for the knowledge based transformation and delivering good governance to citizens by synchronized and co-ordinated engagement with both Central Government and State Government.
Digital India is Beneficial
- Direct benefit transfers were increased: Just because of creating awareness and spreading technology the government of India was able to start net banking in most remote villages of India and they were oriented to the technology for the first time.
- Brought closer to the legislative: Now, people can share their views, ideas and suggestion directly to the government electronically through Narendra Modi app. All central ministers are present on social media and are utilizing social media to receive complaints and feedback from citizens.
- Increasing accessibility: Mobile internet played an excellent role in achieving vision of digital India. India became second largest market of smartphones in the world. No. of internet users increased to 50 crore as of May 2017. In June 2014, no. of internet users were 24.3 crore.
- Connectivity and assurance: The rural india which was diconnected previously is now connected to the cities , banks, for filing complaints or seeking remedies.
Digital India is not Beneficial
- Not rewarding: Despite taking effort to improve e-governance, India stood at 107th place in the world in e-governance according to UN e-governance Index. That means there is so much to be done to be at par with the best.
- Rural and urban divide: Still there is digital divide between rural and urban areas, between poor and rich, and between young and old people. Government of India is yet to close this gap.
- Lack of education: Still some people in India have no basic education. Digital literacy is difficult to achieve without primary education.
- Lack of electricity: Still there are many remote rural areas in India that do not have access to electricity, and some other rural areas have limited access. This is an obstacle for ‘Digital India’.
In conclusion we'd like to say India has come a long way in digitalization and has a long way to go to achieve the vision of Digital India. We can clearly see the difference in numbers of internet users and improved e-governance. But there is still digital illiteracy in many parts of India. ‘Digital India’ will be a success, when its benefits are available to each and every citizen of India.