#DigitalIndia – A step forward.

What a country needs is an efficient governance rather than a adept government to be great.

By 2018, India is proficient to have 214 million internet users of which 130 million are mobile internet users. By 2018, digital advertising is projected to have the highest CAGR of 27.7%. And not just that, it is expected to have 250 million online shoppers, 200 million online villagers, and a $70 billion e-commerce industry. With so much on conduit it is very important to digitize the Government of India with the same pace.

If you ever visit the Indian E-governance website, you’ll see that a lot of initiative has been taken.

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But is it enough for all the envisioned growth, anticipated innovation and asseveration from the GoI?

By 2018, 60% internet users will comprise of Rural Indians and one cannot imagine the market to capitalize on, if giving the right acceleration and knowledge about Digital Skills. How greatly can the Government, the corporate houses and the citizens themselves can benefit from this revolution.

In an organisation, government or non-government, the major issue revolves around how there are only two set of people – technical people and business people. There’s dire need to introduce a third category here. A middleman; who is able to cinch the technical knowledge for people who understand business language and vice-verse using the same platform.

Intel India has taken a resolute step in creating a Digitized India by launching ‘Digital Skills for India’ program, Intel India has unveiled a digital skills training application, which includes modules on digital literacy, financial inclusion, healthcare and cleanliness in 5 Indian languages. That’s modernizing one side on cart but if we have to go on without faltering, a compelling advancement in both the ends of the cart is required. Government needs to be equally digitized.

Social platforms like FaceBook, Twitter are used to pull out the emotional outbursts of people. How about having a helpline like 911 who will be the first responders to any community issues? The level of satisfaction that someone is there and listening to your problems will help us know and trust our government better.

An online journal that helps you say thank you or give suggestions about any developments done in your locality. Like maybe you want to say thank you for the park created by the local government or suggest to set up a library in your area?

In Ignited minds, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has narrated an incident where a school student tells him how he wished states that had flood problems could transmit water to states that stand in water deficiency and he got an idea to create canals and dams. An online portal where inputs from citizens should be taken by those who possess the power and efficiency to create a change.

A place to report and spam any government inefficiency would not only make situation more transparent but also, the persons responsible to do the job more vigilant towards their duties.

A medium where in government can raise issues that require attention and awareness from Corporate entities and citizen’s end. Like how to help keep your area clean or how to ensure your company is not contributing to environmentally unsafe India.

Mapping services for women to ensure safety. Open Wi-fi stationed at traffic signals.

Every step towards Digital India is a step ahead to a better India. The India of our dreams.

Visit http://www.intel.in/ to know more about ‘Digital Skills for India’ and ‘Innovate for India’ initiatives.

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