Technology has evolved rapidly in the last couple of decades. Many countries and governments understood that this could a gamechanger in the delivery of public goods and services.
India, too, had an understanding of this situation. There was a need for technology-enabled and app-based governance which could end many structural lapses like the domination of middlemen in the delivery of government services. Interestingly enough, India got a Prime Minister who himself has a great amount of interest in technology. Thus, he laid the foundation of an initiative known as Digital India.
Today, on July 01, 2019, the launch of India’s one of the most ambitious program ‘Digital India’ marks its fourth anniversary. We bring to our readers some facts which explain what all have been achieved in the last 4 years of Digital India initiative.
BharatNet – About 1.19 lakh gram panchayats have been connected through optical fiber. During the UPA government, only 59gram panchayats could be connected.
Common Service Centres – One-stop center for government services – 3.65 lakhCSCs are functioning, providing about 350 plus government services. The UPA had managed to set up only 83,000 CSCs in their tenure.
Aadhaar Generated – 123 crore people have been provided biometric identity and seamless access to many government services.
Digilocker users – Document storage in digital format – 2.39 crore people now use this facility of the government, gradually doing away with the need for carrying documents in physical format.
Digital Saksharta Abhiyan–To promote digital education – 2.30 crore people have been enrolled, of which 22 lakhhave already completed training.
Total Direct Benefit Transfer – Rs. 7.45 lakh crore transferred to beneficiaries’ bank accounts, cutting out middlemen.
Jeevan Pramaan Pensioners – Ending the need for physical presence to claim the pension – 2.50 crore beneficiaries.
MyGov users – One very unique initiative by the government of India to increase people’s participation in the governance – 81.40 lakh users.
E-hospital –One-stop solution for connecting hospitals, doctors and patients – 10.49 crore transactions so far.
India Post Payment Banks – 2.23 lakh smartphones and biometric devices are connected through the app, providing doorstep banking in rural India.
National Scholarship Portal –One platform to get all information about scholarships – More than 1.4 crore scholarship applications registered.
E-Shakti App – Empowering Self-Help Group (SHGs) – 4.38 lakh SHGs and 46.83 lakh women members have been covered by this app.
E-Courts – App to give details of cases to lawyers and litigants on their phones – 20 lakh downloads so far and more than 10.8 crore cases have been registered using this platform.
BHIM App – To promote digital payments – About 4.5 crore downloads
The numbers above suggest a massive transformation across the digital space. The journey of the digital revolution in governance has been going on and people of India are leading it.