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Indian Govt Has Its Citizens Digitally Covered. Here's How

Post Demonetization, Modi Government Has Launched 6 e-Portals To Assist Citizens.
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From textbooks to stepping up to global knowledge channel, from manual documents to big data technology, and from cash transactions to digital transactions!

India, has gained a remarkable momentum in adopting digital interfaces with such a pace that even after the boldest step of government, the demonetization of INR500 and INR1000 notes, nation tops the global consumers confidence index in world’s topmost rankings.

Ranked as the fastest growing economy in world, India is climbing up a digital ladder, wherein the government is heading up with a bunch of strong moves in revolutionizing the change in country. No standing in queues, or depending on middlemen for government documents, OPD appointments, or in banks anymore. The Cabinet Ministry of Information and Technology, is aiming to surpass all the difficulties of citizens by fast-tracking its groundbreaking initiative 'Digital India Programme'. 

Whether it is an OPD appointment, government documentation work like passport, identification cards or digital transactions, everything is just a click away. As per Information and Technology minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, India's digital economy is going to be $1 trillion economy in next five to seven years. 

Post demonetization, Modi Government has launched 6 e-Portals to assist citizens.Let us take a look. 

  • PayGov

To widespread the use of e-governance in nation, this initiative of government intends to facilitate online provisions of all possible types of Government organizations to citizen services. PayGov is a platform which provides online payment services to citizens. Through this app, citizens of the country can easily make payments through varied modes in account of any government body or entities like Municipalities, govt. agencies, tax payments, public utilities etc. This government initiative is collaborated with NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML).

  • BHIM

Government launched this app post demonetization with its unique feature of UPI-based interface in the name of Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) for the very first time in nation. BHIM is an initiative to enable fast, reliable and cashless payments through your smartphone. This app is the interoperable platform which lets you access the other UPI interfaces or apps of difference banks to transfer or receive money. Developed by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), BHIM app is a secured app created by Government of India to promote digital transactions. 

  • Digital Locker

Scheme ‘DigiLocker’ launched in February 2017, is enthusing the ‘Digital India Programme’ has garnered around 2 million registered users since the time of its launch. This initiative aims to minimize the usage of physical documents and enable the share of e-documents across agencies. Under this scheme, citizens can digitally upload and therefore store their documents in the form of soft copies, and digitally sign them using the e-sign facility. This scheme will play a major role in curbing many illegal practices; one of them would be the elimination of the usage of fake documents. This scheme ensures privacy, security and authorized access to citizens’ data. 

  • E-sign

 

One can easily comprehend the objective of this initiative from its name. ‘e-Sign’ is the service which enables Aadhaar to digitally sign a document. Now, one does not need to be physically present to sign documents. With the registered contact number on Aadhar Card, citizens of India can easily e-sign documents on digital space. 

  • e-Hospital

This service can help you get OPD appointments, lab reports and blood availability is government hospital across India. To now book OPD appointments online in government based hospitals, one can easily access ors.gov.in, which runs through digitalized Hospital Management Information System (HMIS). This portal uses patient’s mobile number registered with UIDAI to get appointment, or if mobile number is not registered then it uses patient’s name to provide Unique Health Identification Number (UHID). 

  • Cyber Swachhta Kendra - Mkavach/AppSamvid

To run all the digitally secured interfaces, government has recently launched ‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ which is a new desktop and mobile-based security solution. Based on that initiative, government has also launched, ‘M-kavach/Samvid app’ for android devices to restrict all the unauthorized access to applications like mobile wallets, social media apps and a lot more. M-kavach is an anti-virus app which aims to run digitally secured interfaces. 

There are various key initiatives that have been launched by the government and there are still many other in the pipeline to be launched soon. Initiatives like, ‘BharatNet’ for rural web access and Swayam to promote online education are scheduled for 2017. To say, India is on the robust pitch to jig the wheel of 'Digital India', will not be wrong as the above mentioned every initiative is already transitioning nation.  

Edition: March 2017

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