Digital India Newsletter August, 2016

  • Issue 6

    August 2016

  • SHRI P.P. CHAUDHARY, HON’BLE MINISTER OF STATE, LAW & JUSTICE

    Shri P.P. Chaudhary is a Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Pali Lok Sabha Constituency in Rajasthan. He took over as the new Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice on 06th July 2016.

    Shri Chaudhary is the Chairperson of the Joint Parliamentary Committee in Offices of Profit, a member of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, the Standing Committee on Personnel, and also the Committee on Public Grievances, Law & Justice.

    He can be reached at pp.chaudhary@sansad.nic.in or ppchaudhary@gmaill.com. Website: www.ppchaudhary.com

    SMT. ARUNA SUNDARARAJAN, IAS, SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF ELECTRONICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

    Ms. Aruna Sundararajan is a senior IAS officer of the 1982 batch, Kerala Cadre, with over 32 years of sectoral experience spanning Economic and Development Administration, and Investment Promotion and IT/Telecom Domains in the Central & State Governments, heading large infrastructural projects, including PPPs. At present, she is the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, and is involved in policy making at the highest level. As the Additional Secretary, Telecom & Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund, Government of India and CMD, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), she spearheaded India's Rural Hi-Speed Broadband NOFN project, to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats across India under the “Digital India” Programme.

    In her distinguished career,she has held various key positions such as the Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India; Country Head, India, Global E-Schools Initiative, agency promoted by the UN; and Principal Secretary, IT, Kerala.

  • PM Shri Narendra Modi Marks the “Azadi 70” Celebrations to commemorate India’s 70 years of Independence

    The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the 15-day programme titled “Azadi 70 – Yaad Karo Qurbani” (Fortnight Freedom), on 9th August, 2016 to commemorate freedom fighters on India’s 70th year of Independence and 75th anniversary of the “Quit India Movement” from the birth place of freedom fighter Shri Chandrashekhar Azad at Alirajpur district, Madhya Pradesh.

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    PM HELD ‘TOWNHALL’ TO MARK TWO YEARS OF JAN BHAAGIDARI

    MyGov, the Government of India’s citizen engagement platform, celebrated the spirit of Jan Bhaagidaari - volunteerism and participative governance through a daylong event on 6th August 2016, which culminated into the first-ever Townhall by Prime Minister Narendra Modi; marking two years of MyGov platform. The event was inaugurated by Union Minister for Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of Minister of State Law & Justice, Electronics & Information Technology Shri P.P. Choudhary and the Cabinet Secretary, Shri P.K. Sinha.

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  • SLIDE SHOW OF PM’S TOWNHALL MEET TO MARK 2 YEARS OF JAN BHAAGIDARI

    The third session invited fresh ideas for improving user-experience, introducing new features, and engaging a larger user-base.

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    Innovation and programs at scale will bring the internet alive for every Indian - By Rajan Anandan (@RajanAnandan) - VP, Google South East Asia & India

    When the Prime Minister unveiled his vision for a Digital India where high speed digital highways would enable the delivery of citizen-centric services and create empowered citizens armed with access to real- time information, the world sat up and noticed. India was getting set to leverage the “Digital Dividend”.

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  • E-MAIL ADDRESSES IN NATIVE INDIAN LANGUAGES

    The Indian Government recently held a meeting with top executives of Google, Microsoft and Rediff to introduce the choice of email addresses in native Indian languages, starting with Hindi. This is inline with the vision of the Digital India Program to digitally empower the Indian citizens regardless of diversity. This path breaking initiative will ensure intensive internet penetration into rural and semi-urban areas with access to, and usage of sufficient local-language content and tools.

    This move will greatly aid in traversing language barriers in making Indians digitally literate and accessing Government services online.

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    GOVERNMENT E-MARKETPLACE

    The Government of India has created a one stop Government e-Marketplace (GeM – www.gem.gov.in) to facilitate online procurement of goods & services required by various Government Departments

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  • AADHAAR-ENABLED SMARTPHONES IN THE MAKING

    Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in talks with prime smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Micromax to make their smartphones preloaded with Aadhaar chips. These Aadhaar-enabled smartphones will make it easier for citizens to access Government services that work on the Aadhaar platform using identity authentication facility of AADHAAR.

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    INVESTMENT WORTH ₹70 BILLION TO IMPROVE SERVICE QUALITY

    State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is planning to invest Rs. 70 billion in radio networks and install 21,000 new mobile towers, across all licensed service areas, to address service quality issues.

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  • 2,505 WI-FI HOTSPOTS ACROSS 1,227 LOCATIONS INSTALLED BY BSNL

    The illustration here showcases the number of free WiFi hotspots installed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in various States of India.

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    AIIMS - DIGITAL HOSPITAL

    "We remember the days when there used to be a very long wait to go to any big hospital. People used to come to AIIMS, spend two three days and then only it would be decided what diagnostic tests were to be done. Now we have been able to change this system. Registration is done online and the doctor's appointment is also given online. The processes start on arrival of the patient at the appointed hour itself. Not only this but all his medical records are also available online. And we wish to develop it as a countywide culture in the field of medical treatment. Today this system has been put in place in 40 big hospitals of the country. Its basic premise is that the government has to be sensitive."

    - Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi

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  • THE ONE STOP SHOP SOLUTION FOR CITIZEN FRIENDLY TRANSPORT SERVICES

    The Transport Department of Telangana is implementing an e-Governance Project called the “Citizen Friendly Services of Transport Department (CFST)” initiative, covering all transactions of the department through this system.

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    THE AADHAAR BILL, 2016

    The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, which was introduced by Hon’ble Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, at the Lok Sabha, Parliament House in New Delhi on March 03, 2016. The bill was passed on March 11, 2016 by the Lok Sabha. It aims at being utilized for all benefits that will be linked to the Consolidated Fund of India.

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  • NATIONAL CENTRE OF GEO-INFORMATICS (NCOG)

    With the vision to provide on-demand services, as part of the Digital India Programme, the Government constituted Centre of Geo-informatics as an integral entity of planning, decision-making & electronic delivery of services. It was launched by Hon'ble Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, during the Good Governance Week celebrations in December, 2015.

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    DEVELOPING SKILLS OF PARLIAMENTARIANS TO IMPLEMENT DIGITAL INDIA PROGRAMME

    On 26 July 2016, a half-day orientation programme on “Digital India Implementation” was conducted for Parliamentarians. The programme was organized by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) in association with the National Institute for Smart Government, in association with. The programme was hosted by the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST). The programme was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan.

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