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4 years of Modi govt: 'Digital India' mission set to usher India into new e-age

By Vikas

From framing strict cyber laws to ensuring smooth rolling of Aadhaar enrolement, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is playing a pivotal role in the 'Digital India' mission. Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had last year said that internet users and smartphone users grew by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. This backs the recent survey which shows that most of the data consumed in India is by smartphone users.

Digital India mission set to usher India into new e-age

One of the key initiatives of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi' government is 'Digital India' mission. Main aims of this mission is to ensure the Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity and by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.

Lets have look at key achievements of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology:

Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) or National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM):

National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) was initiated with the vision to make at least one person in every family digitally literate with digital literacy skills by 2020. The target is to provide digital literacy to 6 crore rural households. The outlay for this project is Rs.2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March,2019. The aim is to connect 2 lakh 50 thousands gram panchayats with WiFi and Hotspot enabled broadband connection.

The target for National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) was to train 10.00 Lakh candidates, which was achieved in June 2016. The target for Digital SakshartaAbhiyan (DISHA) was 42.50 Lakh Candidates which was achieved in December 2016. Under Pradhan Mantri Digital SakshartaAbhiyan, target is to make 6 crore adults digitally literate in two years.

AADHAR enrolement:

Aadhaar enrolment increased to 120.7 Crore (As on 31 March 2018) from 63.22 cr (as on 31stMay, 2014). Nearly 100% of the adult population has Aadhaar (as on 31st March, 2018) from 62% (as on 31st May, 2014). Number of unique bank accounts linked with Aadhaar increased to 59.15 crore (as on 31st March, 2018) from less than 7 crore (as on 31st May, 2014).

Since September, 2016, 58.3 crore mobile SIM cards have been issued using Aadhaar eKYC.

125 Banks have joined Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), leading to an increase in AEPS transactions from just 0.46 crore on 31st May, 2014 to 141.16 crore on 31st March, 2018.

Aadhaar enrolment trend during March, 2014 to May, 2014 was about 3-4 lakh per day and about 5-6 lakh per day till October 2016. Since Demonetization, the Aadhaar enrolment/update requests are in the range of 3-4 lakh per day. More than 1 crore Income Tax Payee have linked their Aadhaar with PAN. Approximately 70% people are applying for passport using Aadhaar.

Jeevan Pramaan: It is an Aadhaar based platform for biometric authentication of the pensioners and senior citizens. Since its launch on 10 November 2014, over 150.15 lakh pensioners have registered on the portal till date, which was 16.54 lakh in 2016. As per the latest data available around 3.87 Aadhaar based PoS terminals have been introduced

DIGIDHAN Mission: Dedicated mission under the ministry of Electronics & IT was established to achieve the target of 2500 crore digital payment transactions in FY 2017-18 through digital payment modes including UPI, USSD, IMPS, Aadhar Pay and Debit cards.

Common Service Centers (CSC): As on December 2017, around 2.92 lakh CSCs are active and offering digital services like Aadhaar enrolment, Ticket booking, of utilities and other e Governance services to citizens from 2.15 Lakh Gram Panchayats, which was only 2.29 Lakh 2016. This has developed digital entrepreneurs among poor, marginalised, Dalits and women of India. More than 52,000 women are working in these Centres that provide digital services like ticket booking, tele medicines, Jan Aushadhi, Aadhaar service to people.

Electronics Manufacturing: Under the current government Electronics Development Fund (EDF) was created to support venture capital funds for start-ups. For creating an eco-system to make India a global hub for electronics manufacturing provision of Rs 745 crores in 2017-18 in incentive schemes like M-SIPS and EDF. Number of proposals received under MSIPS grew by 11.5% from 2016 to 2017. Investments involved under MSIPS grew by 27% from 2016 to 2017.

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