Authors: Yamini P. Dwivedi
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Digital India is the beginning of digital revolution. It is a dream created by the Government of India to ensure that government services are made available to citizens electronically, even in remote areas, by improving online infrastructure and increasing internet connectivity. The program has one mission and one goal, which is to move the nation forward digitally and economically. The initiative will enable people to engage in the innovation process that the economy needs to progress. But implementing it is a big challenge. There are many hurdles in its successful implementation such as digital illiteracy, poor infrastructure, slow internet speed, lack of coordination between various departments, tax related issue etc. These challenges need to be addressed to realize the full potential of this scheme. It requires a lot of effort and commitment from all government ministries and the private sector. If properly implemented, it will open various new opportunities for the citizens of the country.
Information and communication technology (ICT) continues to spread worldwide at an incredible rate. Digitization is one of the most fundamental periods of transformation we have ever witnessed. Digital India was a flagship program launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1, 2015 – to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks and improve digital literacy. The vision of this program is to transform India into a digital society and knowledge economy. It is one of the biggest steps taken by the Government of India to motivate the citizens of the country and connect the Indian economy with the knowledge savvy world.
II. LITERATURE REVIEW
A number of research papers and articles provide a detailed overview of the role of Digital India and implications of this project in India. Rani (2016) concluded that the Digital India project provides a huge opportunity to use the latest technology to redefine India's service sector paradigms.
He also pointed out that many projects may require some transformation process, reengineering, improvement to achieve the desired service level goals.
 Midha (2016) concluded that Digital India is a great plan to develop India for a knowledge-based future, but its wrong implementation due to unavailability and inflexibility to the needy may lead to its failure. Although the Digital India agenda faces a number of challenges, if implemented properly, it can create the best future for every citizen. So we Indians should work together to form a knowledge economy.
Gupta and Arora (2015) studied the impact of the Digital India project on the Indian rural sector. The study found that many schemes have been launched in Digital India to promote agriculture and entrepreneurship development in rural areas. The Digital India program has also paved the way for the empowerment of rural Indian women.
III. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
The article is based on secondary data and information is obtained from the internet through journals, research papers and expert opinions on the same topic.
V. DIGITAL INDIA
Digital India' is a central program to prepare India for a knowledge-based future Vision Areas of Digital India
The Digital India Program focuses on three key vision areas:
2. Management and on-demand Services
3. Digital Citizen Empowerment
VI. NINE PILLARS OF THE DIGITAL INDIA AGENDA
There are 9 key initiatives under the Digital India program which are as follows
VII. BENEFITS OF THE DIGITAL INDIA PROGRAM
The Digital India Program is the beginning of the digital revolution. It is a big initiative to empower the people of the country. The main benefits of this program are:
It has been more than a year since the Digital India mission was announced, but it faces many challenges in its successful implementation. Few of the challenges are:
A Digital India campaign cannot be successful on its own. To make Digital India a reality, policy needs to change. A few suggestions are –
The vision of Digital India is grand. It is a huge step towards building a truly strong nation. If successful, it will change citizens\' access to multimedia information, content and services. However, the goal is still far away as most of the nine pillars of the Digital India mission face serious challenges in implementation. It is essential that each pillar receives focused, sustained attention so that this program does not end in failure. In fact, we should all be mentally prepared for the change and be ready to face the challenges of implementing this policy, only then could this vision be realised.
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