After ‘Make in India’ and ‘Clean India’ (Swachh Bharat), the Government of India has launched its 3rd major campaign, ‘Digital India’ with the objectives of
- Enabling digital empowerment of citizens,
- Facilitating digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen and
- Providing governance & services on demand.
Digital India was kickstarted through a week-long program starting 1st July. Under the leadership of Minister Mr. KT Rama Rao, the ITE&C Department took up a very ambitious Digital Telangana program. In fact some of the goals under Digital Telangana far exceed Digital India’s goals.
Digital Telangana stands on two pivots; each of them representing the supply and the demand side. On the supply side, the main aim is to ensure that digital facilities become available to each and every person in the state. This is being made possible through :
- Laying OFC to each household using the water grid trenches
- Providing 4G services in the entire state
- WiFi in major cities and towns
- e-Panchayat scheme under which a One Stop Shop kiosk will be available in each Panchayat
Similarly, on the demand side, the intention is to make each and every person digitally empowered so that he/she can make best use of the digital facilities that are being made available right at his/her doorstep. The strategies for this include:
- Digital literacy program, under which one member of each household will be taught to become digitally literate
- School computer literacy program: To teach every child from Class 6 onwards the basics of computers
- Expansion of Mee-Seva services
- Converting as many Mee-Seva services as possible on mobile platform and make mobile governance a reality in Digital Telangana
- Identifying technology solutions for all government agencies to provide better services to the citizens
Government of Telangana has already made some progress in making the vision of Digital Telangana a reality by providing 4G services in major cities; enabling WiFi facilities at Tank Bund, Necklace Road, Charminar, Public Gardens, Railway Station, etc; expanding Mee-Seva services and working towards the goal of One Stop Shop (OSS) kiosks at each Gram Panchayat.
During the first week of July, the Department of ITE&C, with the help of other departments, has organised Digital Telangana and conducted the following programmes:
- Launch of new e-services in endowments department (online payment gateways for Yadgirigutta and Bhadrachalam), agriculture department (green phablet)
- Promotion of digital literacy, cyber hygiene and cyber security
- Launch of biometric attendance system in Warangal District
- WiFi services at Telangana University, Nizamabad