Digital India is a campaign launched by the Government of India in order to ensure the Government’s services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology. The initiative includes plans to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks. Digital India consists of three core components: the development of secure and stable digital infrastructure, delivering government services digitally, and universal digital literacy. It was launched on 1 July 2015 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is both enabler and beneficiary of other key Government of India schemes, such as BharatNet, Make in India, Startup India and Standup India, industrial corridors, Bharatmala, Sagarmala, dedicated freight corridors, UDAN-RCS and E-Kranti.
Benefits of Digital India
Removal of Black Economy
All the online transaction can be monitored easily and every payment made by any customer to any merchant will be recorded, this way there won’t be any illegal transactions and it’ll be impossible for people to hide their money. By restricting the cash-based transactions and using only digital payments, the government can efficiently expel the black economy.
Increase in Revenues
Another big advantage of digital India is that as the transactions get digitized, monitoring the sales and taxes becomes much more convenient, as the transactions are recorded, customers will now get a bill for every purchase that they make and merchants can now no longer escape from paying tax to the government, this results in increases of revenue of the government – thus resulting in growth of the overall financial status of the country.
Empowerment to the people
One of the biggest advantages of Digital India is that it gives an empowerment to the citizens. When the payments move digital, each and every individual is bound to have a bank account, a mobile phone, etc. This way, the government can easily transfer the subsidies directly to Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of people. In short, people no longer have to wait to receive the incentives and subsidies that they are bound to receive from the government. This feature is already in place in most cities. One example of this feature is LPG subsidy that government gives to the common people. This subsidy payment is now done via bank transfers these days.
Paves the way to e-governance
E-governance is a huge plus point for all the citizens, it is quicker, faster and safer when compared to traditional governance, with the help of e-governance, you can now get anything from birth certificate to death certificate immediately, this is convenient for people to access the information they need on the go.
Creation of new jobs
With the initiative of Digital India, there have been numerous ways to enhance job opportunities in new markets as well as increasing employment opportunities in existing markets, new markets have started hiring people, thus increasing the employment rate.
Other Advantages Include
- Creation of Digital Infrastructure and Electronic Manufacturing in Native India.
- Digital Empowerment of Native Indian People.
- Delivery of all Government Services electronically (E-Governance).
- A Digital Identification which will verify the end user.
- A Mobile for worldwide access to all services.
- A Bank account for Immediate Benefit Transfers of subsidies and payments.
- The program also aims to eliminate all electronics imports from foreign countries by 2020 and make India electronics manufacturing super power.