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Digital India was launched by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 2 July 2015 with an objective of connecting rural areas with high-speed Internet networks and improving digital literacy.

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Nine Pillars of Digital India Are

  • Broadband Highways

  • Universal Access to Mobile

  • Public Internet Access Program

  • E-Governance – Reforming government through technology

  • E-Kranti Electronic delivery of Services

  • Information for all

  • Electronics manufacturing Target NET Zero imports

  • IT for Jobs

  • Early Harvest Programs

Pillar1. Boadband Highways

Broadband for all


  • Coverage: 250000 GP

  • Timeline: December 2016

  • CAPEX: Rs. 32,000 Cr

  • Nodal Dept: DoT

    • 1yr: 50,000 GP

    • 2yr: 1,00,000 GP

    • 3yr: 10,00,000 GP


  • Virtual Network Operators for service delivery.

  • Mandate communication infrastructure in new urban development and buildings.

    • Changes in Rules to facilitate.

National Information Infrastructure

  • Coverage: Nationwide

  • Timeline: March 2017

  • Cost: Rs. 15,686 Cr

  • Nodal Dept: DeitY

    • Integration of SWAN, NKN, NOFN. To be implemented in 2 years

Pillar2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity

Universal Access to mobile connectivity

  • Coverage: Remaining uncovered villages (~42,300 village)

  • Timeline: FY 2014 - 18

  • Cost: Rs. 16,000 Cr

  • Nodal Dept: CoT

    • Ongoing Program Increase network penetration & coverage of gaps.

Pillar 3. Public Internet Access Program National Rural Internet Mission

CSCs made viable, multifunctional end points for service delivery

  • Coverage: 2,50,000 village (now 1,30,000)

  • Timeline: 3 Year –March 2017

  • Cost: Rs. 4750 Cr

  • Nodal Agency: DeitY

    • Ongoing program reach of Govt. services to all GPs.

Post office to become Multi-Service Centres

  • Coverage: 1,50,000 Post Offices

  • Timeline: 2 Years

  • Nodal Agency: D/o Posts

    • This should be long term vision for POs

Pillar 4. E-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology

  • Government Business Process Re-engineering using IT to improve transactions

    • Form Simplification, reduction

    • Online applications and tracking, Interface between departments.

    • Use of online repositories e. g. School certificates, voter ID cards, etc.

    • Integration of service and platforms- UIDAI, Payment Gateway, Mobile Platform, EDI

  • Electronic Databases - all databases and information to be electronic, not manual

  • Workflow automation inside government

  • Public Grievance Redressal – using IT to automate, respond analyze data to identify and resolve persistent problems-largely process improvements.

  • To be implemented across government-critical for transformation.

Pillar 5. E-Kranti Electronic Delivery of Service

Technology for Education- e-Education

  • All School connected with broadband

  • Free wi-fi in all schools (2,50,000)

  • Digital Literacy program

  • MOOCs- develop pilot massive Online open courses

Technology for Framers

  • Real time price information

  • Online ordering of inputs

  • Online cash, loan, relief payment with mobile banking.

Technology for Health-e-Healthcare

  • Online medical consultation

  • Online medical records

  • Online medical supply

  • Pan-India exchange for patient information

  • Pilots-2015; full coverage in 3 years

Technology for Financial Inclusion

  • Mobile banking

  • Micro- ATM program

  • CSCs/Post Offices

Technology for Planning

  • GIS based decision making

  • National GIS Mission Mode Project

Technology for Security

  • Mobile Emergency services

    Technology for Justice

  • e-Courts, e-Police, e-Jails

  • e-Prosecution

Technology for Security

  • National Cyber Security Co-ordination centre.

Pillar 6. Information for All

  • Online Hosting of Information & documents

    • Citizens have open, easy access to information

    • Open data platform

  • Government pro-actively engages through social media and web based platforms to inform to citizens.

    • myGov. in

    • 2-way communication between citizens and government.

  • Online messaging to citizens on special occasions/programs

  • Largely utilize existing infrastructure – limited additional resources needed.

Pillar 7. Electronics Manufacturing Target NET ZERO IMPORT by 2020

  • Target NET ZERO Imports is a striking demonstration of intent

  • Ambitious goal which requires coordinated action on many fronts

    • Taxation, Incentive

    • Economies of Scale, Eliminate cost disadvantages

    • Focused areas – Big Ticket Items

      • FABS, Fab-less design, set top boxes, VSATs, Mobiles, Consumer & Medical Electronics, Smart energy meters, Smart cards, micro-ATMs

    • Incubators, clusters

    • Skill development

    • Government procurement

  • There are many ongoing programs which will be fine-tuned.

  • Existing structures inadequate to handle this goal. Need strengthening.

Pillar 8. IT for Jobs

  • Train people in smaller towns & villages for IT sector jobs

    • Coverage: 1 crore student

    • Timeline: 5 year

    • Cost: Rs. 200 Cr for weaker sec.

    • Nodal Agency: DeitY

      • New scheme IT ready workforce

  • IT/ITES in NE

    • Scope: Setting up of BPO per NE State

    • Coverage: NE States

    • Nodal Agency: DeitY

      • ICT enabled growth in NE

  • Train service delivery Agents to run viable businesses delivering IT services

    • Coverage: 3,00,000

    • Timeline: 2 year

    • Nodal Agency: DeitY

      • Ongoing Skilled VLEs and viable CSCs

  • Telecom service providers to train rural workforce to cater to their own need

    • Coverage: 5,00,000

    • Timeline: 5 Years

    • Nodal Agency: DoT

      • Telecom ready workforce

Pillar 9. Early harvest Programs

  • IT platform for messages

    • Coverage: Elected representatives, All Govt. employees

    • 1.36 Cr mobiles and 22 Lakh emails

    • Mass Messing Application developed

      • Targeted Mass messaging since July 14

  • Government Greetings to be e-Greeting

    • Basket of e-Greeting templates available

    • Crowd sourcing of e-Greetings thru MyGov

    • e-Greetings Portal ready by 14 August 2014

      • 1st e-Greeting from PM on 15th August 2014

  • Biometric attendance

    • Coverage: All Central Govt. Offices in Delhi

    • Operational in DeitY & initiated Urban Development

    • On-boarding started in other depts.

    • Procurement of devices – tender issued

- Published/Last Modified on: November 7, 2017


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