‘Digital India’ drive to offer huge freelancing opportunities

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'Digital India' drive to offer huge freelancing opportunities

The government is soon going to launch the ‘Digital India Platform (DIP)’, where it will provide freelancing opportunities to the computer literates in the country. Under the scheme, all government documents will be digitised by the help of people who can type on computer and mobile devices.

IT Secretary RS Sharma said, “We are almost ready with DIP and testing its beta version. Under this programme, we will scan government documents and split line by line or row by row depending on the case. It will then be given to people registered with DIP to type and submit, and the Government will pay on per character basis .” He further said that any person who has knowledge of computer typing and has Aadhaar number, can visit DIP website and register.

“We are cautious regarding the privacy of the government documents and have decided to break document’s lines so that people are unable to decode the content of any of the government documents,” he added. Also, the government will float tenders for digitising documents as it is currently done to fix the price to be paid to the individual.

Sharma told that one line will be given to two individuals. If the typed content by both the individuals match, system will accept it. After that, the payment fixed for each character will be divided by two and paid to each individual. Also, people interested in freelancing under DIP will be having options to choose multiple languages.

“We will also approach the state governments to use this platform. It will end up benefitting the people who are skilled in vernacular language typing,” Sharma said.

One of the departments under the IT Ministry called the Technology Development for Indian Languages Programme, has already developed fonts for all regional languages. People can downloaded those for free to use on their computer.

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