India gets 23 new e-services for Digital India

29-Dec-2015 #Digital India

The Indian government’s ambitious Digital India mission has been given a further boost with the launch of 23 new e-products and e-services.

The latest push includes projects in the areas of digital infrastructure, digital empowerment, on-demand government services and promotion of industry.

The central aim of Digital India is access for all, which covers access to government services online, expansion of internet connectivity to rural areas and a hike in manufacturing of electronic goods in the country.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian minister of communications & information technology, declared: “By March, we will reach 50,000 gram panchayats and 100,000 gram panchayats by the end of next year.”

The new e-services launched this week include electronic payments for government services, a geographical information system (GIS) based decision-support system, a request for proposal for selecting private cloud service providers for government departments, the setting up of an online laboratory for students to perform virtual experiments for all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, the incubation of 10 projects in the area of chip-to-system design and the development of a native operating system that will support text-to-speech technology for nine regional languages.

The government also announced the start of a new data centre for the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in Odisha, eastern India, and eight new software technology parks. The new centres will take the total number of such parks in India to 62.

The government is also working on the concept of digital villages — rural areas that will have telemedicine facilities, virtual classes and solar power-based wi-fi hot spots.

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