23rd March, 2018

Frequently asked questions about Digital India Program

Digital India Programme Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is Digital India Programme all about?

It is an initiative launched by the government to provide government services to citizens electronically, make the citizens digitally literate and to transform the country into a digitally empowered knowledge economy. 

2) What is the estimated impact of Digital India by 2019?

 By 2019, Digital India will provide broadband connectivity in all villages, wi-fi in schools and universities and public wi-fi hotspots. There will be local manufacturing to achieve Net Zero-Imports. The project will train and employ 1.7 crore Indians for IT, Telecom and Electronics jobs. India will be the leader in usage of IT–enabled services like health, banking and education. It will ensure transparent and effective governance and reduce corruption.

3) What are the benefits of using DigiLocker?

With a DigiLocker account, you can digitally store your important documents like Passport, certificates and driving license. It eliminates the use of physical documents and enables secured sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies.

4) What are the objectives of eSign Electronic Signature Services?

eSign service offers Aadhaar card bearers to electronically sign a form/document anytime, anywhere and through any device. It reduces paperwork, is convenient and is secured against signature forgery.

5) How will National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) enforce Digital India in rural India?

NOFN will provide broadband services to 600 million rural citizens across 2.5 lakh Indian villages using optical fiber networks. This coverage will facilitate government to deliver digital services like e-health, e-banking and e-governance including agricultural services and employment generation.

6) How is the government pushing for e-governance?

For transforming e-Governance, e-Kranti has been launched for electronic delivery of services such as education, healthcare, justice and financial inclusion. Using information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile phone platforms, integrated services will be provided at affordable costs to citizens.

7) How will Digital India provide for improved healthcare services?

e-Hospital services provide timely and effective healthcare services such as online medical registration, online consultation, electronic reports and electronic access to insurance claims. One can select hospitals, choose doctors and make an appointment over the internet.

8) How will Digital India Programme generate employment?

The programme ensures that the youth in smaller towns and villages are trained in skills for IT sector and telecommunication jobs. BPO centers will be established in every north-eastern state to create employment and promote ICT enabled growth. Service Delivery Agents will be trained to run independent businesses.

9) What are the aims of government for electronic manufacturing under Digital India programme?

The government aims to bring down electronic imports to zero by 2020. Domestic manufacturing will be encouraged by adopting various measures like rationalizing taxes/duties, promoting innovation / skill development, providing incentives to manufacturing units and startups and single window clearance of proposals.

10) What are Early Harvest Programmes under Digital India?

Early Harvest Programmes consists of projects which are meant to be implemented within a short time frame. Some of the Projects are biometric attendance of government employees, email as chief mode of government communication, wi-fi in all universities and SMS based weather reports and disaster alerts.