Digital India

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Digital India (DI)
File:Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the stage for Digital India Dinner.jpg
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the Digital India dinner in San Jose, California; 26 September 2015
Motto "Power To Empower"
Country India
Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi
Ministry Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
Key people Ravi Shankar Prasad
Launched 1 July 2015; 3 years ago (2015-07-01)
Status: Active

Digital India is a campaign launched by the Government of India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology.

It was launched on 2 July 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The initiative includes plans to connect rural areas with high-speed internet networks. Digital India has three core components. These include:

  • The creation of digital infrastructure
  • Delivering services digitally
  • Digital literacy


Digital India was launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 1 July 2015 with an objective of connecting rural areas with high-speed Internet networks and improving digital literacy.[1][2][3] The vision of Digital India programme is inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities etc. and it is centred on three key areas – Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens.[4][3]

The Government of India entity Bharat Broadband Network Limited which executes the National Optical Fibre Network project will be the custodian of Digital India (DI) project.[5][6] BBNL had ordered United Telecoms Limited to connect 250,000 villages through GPON to ensure FTTH based broadband. This will provide the first basic setup to achieve towards Digital India and is expected to be completed by 2017.

The government is planning to create 28,000 seats of BPOs in various states and set up at least one Common Service Centre in each of the gram panchayats in the state.[7]

The 2016 Union budget of India announced 11 technology initiatives including the use data analytics to nab tax evaders, creating a substantial opportunity for IT companies to build out the systems that will be required.[8] Digital Literacy mission will cover six crore rural households.[8] It is planned to connect 550 farmer markets in the country through the use of technology.[9]


The Government of India hopes to achieve growth on multiple fronts with the Digital India Programme. Specifically, the government aims to target nine 'Pillars of Digital India' that they identify as being: [10]

  1. Broadband Highways
  2. Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity
  3. Public Internet Access Programme
  4. e-Governance – Reforming Government through Technology
  5. eKranti - Electronic delivery of services
  6. Information for All
  7. Electronics Manufacturing
  8. IT for Jobs
  9. Early Harvest Programmes


Some of the facilities which will be provided through this initiative are Digital Locker, e-education, e-health, e-sign and national scholarship portal. As the part of Digital India, Indian government planned to launch Botnet cleaning centers.[11]


Digital Locker facility will help citizens to digitally store their important documents like PAN card, passport, mark sheets and degree certificates. Digital Locker will provide secure access to Government issued documents. It uses authenticity services provided by Aadhaar. It is aimed at eliminating the use of physical documents and enables sharing of verified electronic documents across government agencies.[3][12][13][14] is a website, launched by PM Narendra Modi on 1 July 2015[1] to keep a record of the attendance of Government employees on a real-time basis.[15] This initiative started with implementation of a common Biometric Attendance System (BAS) in the central government offices located in Delhi.[16] is a platform to share inputs and ideas on matters of policy and governance.[17] It is a platform for citizen engagement in governance, through a "Discuss", "Do" and "Disseminate" approach.[3]

SBM Mobile app

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Mobile app is being used by people and Government organisations for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Mission.[3]

eSign framework

eSign framework allows citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication.[3]

Online Registration System (ORS)

The eHospital application provides important services such as online registration, payment of fees and appointment, online diagnostic reports, enquiring availability of blood online etc.[3]

National Scholarships Portal

National Scholarship Portal is a one stop solution for end to end scholarship process right from submission of student application, verification, sanction and disbursal to end beneficiary for all the scholarships provided by the Government of India.[3]


Digital India Week

At the launch ceremony of Digital India Week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on 1 July 2015,[18] top CEOs from India and abroad committed to invest 4.5 lakh crore (US$67 billion) towards this initiative. The CEOs said the investments would be utilitized towards making smartphones and internet devices at an affordable price in India which would help generate jobs in India as well as reduce the cost of importing them from abroad.[19]

Silicon Valley

Leaders from Silicon Valley, San Jose, California expressed their support for Digital India during PM Narendra Modi's visit in September 2015. Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, changed his profile picture in support of Digital India and started a chain on Facebook and promised to work on WiFi Hotspots in rural area of India.[20] Google committed to provide broadband connectivity on 500 railway stations in India. Microsoft agreed to provide broadband connectivity to five hundred thousand villages in India and make India its cloud hub through Indian data centres. Qualcomm announced an investment of US$150 million in Indian startups.[21] Oracle plans to invest in 20 states and will work on payments and Smart city initiatives.[22] However back home in India, cyber experts expressed their concern over and viewed the Prime Minister's bonhomie with Zuckerberg as the government's indirect approval of the controversial initiative.[23] Saket Suman, in his report in The Statesman mentioned, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's chemistry with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the social media giant's headquarters in California may have been greeted enthusiastically in Silicon Valley but back home several social media enthusiasts and cyber activists are disappointed."[24] Later the Prime Minister office clarified that net neutrality will be maintained at all costs and vetoed the Basic Internet plans.[23]


Times Now and ET Now have announced the launch of the second edition of Digital India Summit & Awards on 22 March 2016.[25]


On 28 December 2015, the Panchkula district of Haryana was awarded for being the top performing district in the state under the Digital India campaign.[26]

See also


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  2. "Government School in Remote Bandahalli Village Gets Inspired by Digital India", The New Indian Express, 15 March 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Digital India Week: Digital Locker,, and other projects that were unveiled", The Indian Express, 5 July 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "GST to take care of many of e-commerce firms' tax issues: IT minister", Live Mint, 21 November 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "About Bharat Broadband Network Limited", Bharat Broadband Network Limited<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Subramaniam, Nikhil (22 March 2013), "India's 'fantastic' broadband project that you should know about", Tech2<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Under the Digital India initiative: Software Technology Park of India", The Indian Express, 28 February 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Budget 2016: Technology initiatives to boost Digital India drive", The Economic Times, 29 February 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Government aims to give 'Digital India' benefits to farmers: PM Modi", The Times of India, 18 February 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Programme Pillars, Government of India<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Government to set up botnet cleaning centers", Preview Tech, 25 May 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "DigiLocker: Free, Secure, Flexible and easy-to-use application", DigiLocker<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Inside India's Digital Locker: What Is DIGILocker and How Does It Work?", Gadgets360, NDTV, 2 July 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "DigiLocker - Online document storage facility National Portal of India",<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. " Modi government launches website to track attendance of government employees", The Economic Times, 7 October 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. " - Sarkaari offices will no longer be the same, courtesy Narendra Modi", Daily News and Analysis, 7 October 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Modi's website gets new, mobile friendly look", Business Standard, New Delhi, BS Reporter, 16 January 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "PM Narendra Modi invites tech enthusiasts for a 'Digital Dialogue'", The Times of India, 4 July 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Digital India: Top CEOs commit to invest Rs 4.5 trillion".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Mark Zuckerberg changes his profile picture to support 'Digital India', The Times of India, TNN, 27 September 2014<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Thomas, K (27 September 2015), Modi effect: Silicon Valley giants commit to Digital India, Business Line The Hindu<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Digital India to propel economy to its best era: Oracle",, 8 October 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. 23.0 23.1 "The Statesman: Digital India at the expense of Net neutrality?", The Statesman, 8 October 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Clipping of The Statesman - Delhi". The Statesman. 29 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "TIMES NOW and ET NOW announce 2ND edition of Digital India Summit & Awards; on 22 March", The Economic Times, 19 February 2016<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "Digital India campaign: Panchkula comes out on top among all districts of Haryana", The Indian Express, 26 December 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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