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The digital India initiative being one of the main intiative taken by the government of India in bring the development of the country. The Government has shared its secrert to make the initiative more promising. It was reported that Union Minister for Communication & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that on the policy front, the government has five key initiatives to make India’s digital infrastructure more strong. These are
1. optical fiber network,
2. virtual mobile network,
3. common service centers,
4. digitally connected postal services and
5. the rural BPO.
He said that LG is aiming to manufacture one million smartphone from this facility which they have already started and is being formally launched now. “India is home to one billion plus mobile phones, 400 million internet penetration – which is 60 to 65 % mobile based. One billion Indians having a digital identity being kept under the most secure conditions. On just a click of a button one can know the digital identity of Indians with due regard to their privacy. These are being used to promote good governance for the delivery of services.”
“Every government comes with its own programmes but certain programme becomes transformational – Digital India, Make in India, Skill India, Start-up India, Stand-up India, Smart Cities are all transformational programme to make India enlightened, informed and empowered,” he added.
Prasad said that Indians first observe technology and then they adopt it, they then start enjoying it and then become empowered with it. “Today, India is home to 230 million smartphones – with this I hope in the coming 2-3 years this figure is going to become 500 million. From desktop to laptop to smartphone the journey is totally phenomenal.”
He then mentioned five policy initiatives to make India’s digital infrastructure more strong. “The first is, we are connecting 250,000 Gram panchayats of India by Optical Fiber Network. When our Government was formed, the total optical fiber laid was 357 km and optical pipe laid was about 2200 km. In less than two years we have laid 135000 km of optical pipe and 115000 km of optical fiber in the entire country. Once we reach the cluster of Gram panchayat, we are going to have optical WiFi facility to take it to all the villages.”
Common Service Centers where we have got 157,000 CSC in the country, many of these run by cooperative of women. They are giving digital services, insurance, banking, digital literacy, making passport and other important services. When our Government came it was 83,000, we propose to scale it upto 100,000 more,” he asserted.
We will be giving some incentive also and create rural digital employment opportunity because the whole range of digital services is there to be serviced by these call center BPOs.”