Four years of Modi Government: Digital India comes of age

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Digital India has led to spread of technology driven development, created jobs and brought about greater inclusion and empowerment in last four years. Despite global challenges Indian IT companies have registered record revenues and exports. With the Narendra Modi led Government completing four years, the digital push for various sectors has been one of the key achievements of this Government, writes Priyanka Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).

To generate employment in the rural areas, 86 BPOs have been established across 27 states having individual capacity of 53,300 seats. More than 12,500 people have been deployed from small towns like Imphal, Kohima, Srinagar, Unnao, Guntur, Muzaffarpur, etc.

Aadhaar has been one of the most talked about topic since last year. The Government has been able to save more than Rs 90,000 crore by directly transferring subsidies such as food and cooking gas to over 30 crore beneficiaries.

The Government has also launched eMarketplace portal for procurement by government departments and agencies. More than 22,000 companies have placed orders worth over Rs 7,000 crore through this portal.

To give a boost to the electronic manufacturing, 20 greenfield manufacturing clusters and three common facility centres in brownfield clusters across 15 states have been approved by the Government. Two mobile manufacturing units are already operational since 2014, and there 120 units making mobile handsets and components now.

More than 60 lakh people have already downloaded the UMANG app which provides 220 Central Government services and 11 State Governments.

The value of digital payments through IMPS has grown 81.90 per cent to Rs. 1,02,240 crore in April 2018 from Rs. 56,205 crore in April 2017 .

Four years down the line, Digital India has led to employment opportunities and promotion of entrepreneurship. More than  2,74,246 km of optic fibre connecting 1.15 lakh gram panchayats under BharatNet, has already been laid.

The number of Common Services Centres (CSCs)  has increased to 2.91 lakh with presence in 1.83 lakh gram panchayats leading to digital delivery of services ranging from banking to insurance to pension to land records to Bharat bill payments, etc.

In these four years, the Modi Government has also launched initiatives like e-Hospital, e-Scholarship, soil health cards, Jeevan Pramaan for pensioners, e-NAM linking agricultural mandis to farmers, etc.

With these developments, India is expected to become the world leader in IT interface with e-Governance and e-services getting maximum exposure. Driven by such digital engagement, Indian firms are expected to leave the best-in-the-world companies behind, with their IT expertise permeating into services like health, education and banking.

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