"We should not make technology choices nor specify technology, rather specify services. It does not matter which technology powers up the services," said Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). He said this while stressing that the ambitious Rs 113,000 crore Digital India plan will require a lot to be done and undone when it comes to making technology choices, its procurement and implementation across the government system. This emanates from an increasing realisation in the government that the time has come to focus on delivery of services and leave the choice of technology to the market forces.
The Ministry of urban development (MoUD) has published a Concept Note on Smart Cities through a very well defined and articulated framework designating 4 pillars as the foundation of this concept. The vision gets clearly defined through this simplistic yet powerful representation on the outcome that smart cities should aim to achieve as an outcome of this critical Initiative
One of the top agendas of Narendra Modi government is to build 100 smart cities. This will be the biggest city-building exercise in the Indian history. The government has already set the ball rolling, making budgetary provision of Rs 7,060 crore for the project in the current financial year.
To be or not to be is a question being posed in context of NIC for long. When Secretary, DeitY says that NIC does not have even a fraction of capacity to implement 'Digital India' as envisaged by the Prime Minister, the statement can either be read as a criticism of NIC or a prelude to unleashing an NIC invigoration plan this may help NIC to evolve as a formidable information systems organisation that any country would be proud of.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" won't come true without including Panchayats, a senior government official has said.
Addressing a conference on 'Digital India' held as part of the 37th Skoch Summit here, N. Ravi Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Personal, Public Grievances and Pensions, highlighted the importance of roles to be played by individuals and Panchayats in transforming the overall digital culture in the country.
Modi's vision of advanced cities to benefit from latest in both information and infra-technolgies has begun to take shape with the Ministry of Urban Development having identified the locations.
Mainline media reports are rife with stories on Digital India being a half-baked plan and a waste of taxpayer money. Considering that the first version of India's National e-Governance Plan (2004), and its re-incarnation, by the Kapil SIbal-led Ministry of Communications & IT
There are many parameters of financial inclusion; most important among them is the access to financial services and institutional credit. Now we have technology that enables financial inclusion, especially its first step - that is opening of bank accounts at a massive scale.