The vision of the Digital India programme is to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, where citizens can access government services through the means of Internet connected computers and mobile devices. This session will take a holistic look at the entire Digital India programme and deliberate on the issues and challenges that must be resolved for ensuring a timely completion of the programme.
The first two pillars of the Digital India programme are concerned with mobility and broadband—this by itself shows the importance that the Government of India is awarding to this sector. Without mobility and broadband, e-Governance is not possible. It is abundantly clear that mobility and broadband are at the core of every developmental or business related activity, including e-commerce, e-health, e-education, and much else.
The building of cloud infrastructure, including data centres, within the country, is critical to the success of the Digital India programme. Several government departments have already started moving their operations to the cloud, for bringing efficiency and transparency to their operations, but maximum benefits can be accrued only when their applications get hosted within the country. What steps should the government of India take to make it feasible for Data Centre companies to start and expand their operations in the country? What steps can be taken to ensure that the data that is being generated by the Indian public and businesses resides in India?
The Digital India programme will lead to massive amounts of public data being put online. It is expected that large number of government departments will move their operations to public, private of hybrid cloud systems. In such a scenario, the issues of cyber security will gain more prominence than ever before. During the last 10 years, India has seen a massive surge in the number of cyber security incidents. If appropriate initiatives are not taken by the government then there can be scope for cyber security breaches.
Development of high speed connectivity and electronics industry is one of the pillars of Digital India programme. It is widely accepted that in the next five years Internet of Things (IoT) will carve deeper roots in India’s digital space. There is scope for rapid evolution of the IoT industry ecosystem within the system of governance in the country. In what ways will IoT effect our way of life and the process by which we govern ourselves?
The kinds of services that governments provide is typically data intensive. The various programmes and services produce and require massive amounts of data, often unstructured and increasingly in real-time. This data comes from numerous sources, including historical, video, audio, cell phones, geospatial, imagery, sensors, social media, and much more. What kind of technological systems can the government use to bring more efficiency to tasks related to areas such as crime prevention, transportation, defence, national security, revenue management, environmental stewardship and social services, etc.
Imparting IT skills to the youth of this country is a key pillar of the Digital India Programme. The aim is to ensure that India becomes a digitally inclusive society in the next few years. The industry is keen to participate in the government’s Digital India vision, which is going to be imperative for propelling the country into its next phase of growth.