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Government to start Digital India Programme

Lok Sabha was informed recently that in order to transform the country into a digitally empowered & knowledge economy Government is implementing The Digital India Programme so that services like Passport, Driving licences and Pension could be delivered online.

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said

“one of the primary focus areas of Digital India is Pillar 5: eKranti – electronic delivery of services. e-Kranti aims to ensure a government wide transformation by delivering all services electronically to the citizens through integrated and interoperable systems via multiple modes while ensuring efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs.”

In eKranti 44 Mission Mode Projects are being implemented with 13 central, 17 state and 14 integrated MMPs. 222 services are provided under 25 operational MMPs. Since January 1, 2016 more than 192 transactions have been reported.

He further added

“Under e-Kranti, the government of India has made concerted effort to make offline government services to be also delivered through online mode, ensuring that all citizens would have access to them, thereby improving the quality of basic governance on an unprecedented scale.”

Services that are being provided online include Passport, Income tax, core banking, immigration, courts, RTI, pension grievance redressal, utility payments, social welfare schemes, municipality, licences, agriculture, land record, driving licence, PDS- Public distribution system, vehicle distribution system etc.

More than 100 crore Aadhar card enrollments have been processed & it resulted in extensive use of DBT scheme- Direct Benefit Transfer for subsidies and savings upto Rs 21,000 crore. To further deliver services to citizens in rural areas around 1.99 lakh service centres have been made operational and 1,40,751 KMs of OFC pipe laid and over 1,12 Lakh Kms optic fibre laid for connectivity to 50,465 gram panchayats.

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