Digital India Programme – The government has approved the Digital India programme which aims at connecting all gram panchayats by broadband internet, promote e-governance and transform India into a connected knowledge economy.
To be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 113,000 crore in a phased manner by 2019, it would focus on three key areas: digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen through digital identity, mobile phone and bank account and safe and secure cyber space; governance and services on demand in real time on online and mobile platform and making financial transactions electronic and cashless and digital empowerment of citizens with all documents, certificates available on cloud.
Digital India envisages connecting 2.5 lakh villages by broadband and phones, reduce import of telecom goods to zero, wi-fi in 2.5 lakh schools, all universities, public wi-fi hotspot for citizens and creating 1.7 crore direct and 8.5 crore indirect jobs. Other points include training 1.7 crore citizens for IT, telecom and electronic jobs and delivering e-governance and e-services. It plans to make post offices multi-service centers, use of internet in healthcare system, including online medical consultation, issuing online medical records and online medicine supply and plan India exchange for patient information. Pilot projects will start in 2015 and all India implementation will be achieved by 2018. The implementation of the programme will be directly monitored by a panel headed by the Prime Minister.