Delhi Govt urges industry to bridge digital divide

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DigitalThe Delhi Government is pitching for partnership with industry to bridge the digital divide

“The Delhi Government seeks to transform the national capital into ‘Digital Delhi’ by leveraging technology to provide better livelihood, improved transportation and enhanced quality of life,” said Adarsh Shastri, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Information & Technology, and Government of NCT Delhi.

Shastri said that the state government’s vision was to ensure quick, scalable and robust solutions to improve the city on all fronts. “Delhi government initiated many programmes in this regard, and one of them was to enable 11 districts of Delhi electronically,” Shastri said. He added that there were about 219 firms in Delhi which were needed by the citizens at some of point, hence the government started the process of making these firms online and so far 24 of them have become available online.

Delhi Government is trying to leverage technology and internet to provide a single access card to pay for all modes of public transport. Moreover, efforts are being made to create an app which would provide information in real time about various options available to reach a destination from a particular location and also the details of the time and cost that each mode of transport would incur.

Sharing his views on public Wi-Fi, Shastri said that Delhi needs a unique model as the scale was humungous with almost six million users expected to be using public Wi-Fi on a daily basis. “To bridge the digital divide in Delhi, partnership between the government and industry was the need of the hour,” he said.

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