Digital India aims to provide wi-fi in schools, create 1 cr jobs

Digital India aims to provide wi-fi in schools, create 1 cr jobs

The Digital India programme approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday has the ambitious plan of providing wi-fi facility at 2.5 lakh schools, all universities and create public wi-fi hotspots for citizens and generate 1.7 crore direct and 8.5 crore indirect jobs.

The scheme, which will be implemented in a phased manner by 2019, plans at providing broadband and free wi-fi facilities at all schools, colleges and universities.

Also, broadband will be provided to all the 2,50,000 gram panchayats by December 2016 while mobile network will be spread to uncovered villages, including hilly regions and areas infested by left-wing extremists, by 2018.

It plans to make post offices multi-service centres, setting up four lakh internet access points and integrate services and platforms like UIDAI, payment gateway, mobile platform, according to the vision document of Digital India.

It also envisages to use Internet in healthcare system, including online medical consultation, issuing online medical records, online medicine supply and pan-India exchange for patient information.

Its pilot projects will start in 2015 and all India implementation will be done by 2018, says the document.

The plan also aims to create 1.7 crore direct and 8.5 crore indirect jobs. About 1.7 crore people will be trained for IT, telecom and electronics jobs and in delivering e-governance and other e-services.

The implementation of the programme will be directly monitored by a panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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