India marches ahead in digitisation

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The Digital India Programme of the Government aims to transform India into a knowledge-based economy and digitally empowered society by ensuring digital access, digital inclusion, digital empowerment and bridging the digital divide, writes Priyanka Sharma of Elets News Network (ENN).

In 2018, the Government has provided Aadhaar to 122.9 crore residents of the country with 99 percent coverage of adult population as on 30th November, 2018.

Meity_storyEarlier, a large portion of the population doesn’t not have access a Government approved identithe ty card. This included a substantial percentage of  economically poor and, the rural segment, women and children.

Aadhaar has given individuals a Government issued ID card which can be authenticated any time anywhere.

Aadhaar combined with Digital Locker, eSign, and various forms of digital payments have paved the way for common man getting services on his mobile instead of having to run to multiple Government offices.

This year, India’s unique payment systems such as BHIM-UPI and BHIM-Aadhaar were recognized globally.

Over the past four years digital payment transactions have grown multifold from 316 crore transactions in 2014-15 to 2071 crore transactions in 2017-18.

Today, BHIM app has become one of the main digital payment instrument for sending, collecting the money and to pay for various utility bills.

In November, 2018, more than 173 lakh transactions of value Rs 7,981 crore were made using BHIM app.

As on 30th November, 2018, about 1.35 crore registered farmers ; 585 markets that are linked to the eNAM network from 16 States and 2 UT’s.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been bringing the BPO movement to smaller towns to create employment opportunities and promote IT-ITeS industry and aims to secure a balanced regional growth.

Under India BPO Promotion Scheme, 45, 840 seats are allocated to 163 companies, resulting in setting up of 240 units distributed across 110 locations of 20 States & 2 UTs.

BPOs are promoting local entrepreneurs and employment to women and differently-abled. BPOs have started operation at several locations, including, Bhaderwah, Budgam, Jammu, Sopore and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, Guwahati, Kohima, Imphal in North-Eastern region, Baddi and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Patna and Muzzaffarpur in Bihar, Jaleshwar in Odisha.

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