Cabinet okays Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme

Cabinet okays Rs 1 lakh crore Digital India programme

Aiming to provide all government services on internet, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ambitious Digital India project with an estimated cost of Rs 1 lakh crore.

As per the project, the government plans to put healthcare, property and other records like birth and death certificates online. The project will be implemented in phases from current year to till 2018.

 The programme which was envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after the cabinet meeting.

The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get the benefits of the latest information and communication technology.

The programme aims to bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of the government’s services electronically, a Unique ID and e-Pramaan based on authentic and standard based interoperable and integrated government applications and data basis.

Various programmes of the different ministeries will be brought under the Digital India programme to bring synergy among them including broadband highways, mobile connectivity, public internet access programme, e-governance: reforming government through technology, electronic delivery of services, electronics manufacturing, creating IT sector and early harvest programmes.

High speed internet facility to all gram panchayats, wi-fi facilities to schools, bank account would enable participation in digital and financial space at individual level, easy access to a Common Service Centre within their locality, securing the cyber-space in the country.

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