NEW DELHI : The Modi government's Digital India project is set to be unveiled in a new avatar, with the ambitious programme set to become more targeted and focused on some key features, which may also see regulators being set up for some of the initiatives, according to three sources aware of ministerial discussions.
Aruna Sundararajan, secretary ministry of electronics and IT, also indicated that the project is being made more focused on a few stack of services to have better societal impact. According to one of the sources, the IT secretary had conducted an internal assessment of the Digital India programme in collaboration with one of the big four consultancy firms recently , and the assessment showed that many aspects of Digital India were not being implemented in full capacity and that more focus was ne .. Sundararajan said the programme will move to focus on better impact in areas such as job creation, health and education. “One thing that is clear is, a robust platform has been built under Digital India with the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile services (JAM) trinity. The idea now is that from there how do we move on the next stack of services and focus on one, job creation; two, on using emerging technologies and integrating it with key services such as health, education; and the third, to focus on .. creating large platform, which unlocks value for everyone,“ she said.
The Digital India programme has won the Modi government plaudits for pushing India towards a more digital and formalised economy, while enabling e-governance and participatory policy-making through the `MyGov.in', and also creating a mass-market payment platform through the unified payment interface. However, several concerns have been raised about the Aadhaar programme related to privacy issues and information security following its linkage to several key services.
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