The time has come when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kick off Digital India campaign. The launch event will commence at 1600 hours IST on 1 July 2015 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi.
The government has invited leaders from all big corporate houses and invites have been sent to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji, and many others.
The government via STPI (Software Technology Parks of India) has instructed all major IT companies to ensure that their employees watch this event and give their feedback. The companies will have to make their own arrangements for the broadcast so that the employees can watch it without any hassle.
What To Expect From The Event?
The PM will unveil a couple of things related to the ‘Digital India’ campaign like its official logo, and roadmap. The PM will also launch various digital facilities for the citizens like Digital locker, e-health, and e-education. The digital locker facility will enable the citizens to store various important documents like PAN card, Aadhar card, passport, etc.
It is however, not yet known whether the government will recognize digitally stored documents for various schemes or not. The e-health will let the patients schedule appointments online for diagnostics and OPDs across five government hospitals including AIIMS, and National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences.
The aim of the govt. with this initiative is to transform India into a digitally advanced nation. The government is also planning to provide affordable high-speed broadband services starting from 2 Mbps to all households and has planned to connect all 250,000 Gram Panchayats to the NOFN (National Optical Fiber Network) by the 2016. To make all these things a reality, the govt. has already pledged to invest Rs. 1 lakh crores into this initiative.
BSNL will help in this initiative by commissioning its NGN exchanges and phase expansion of its 2G and 3G BTSs (mobile towers) and WiFi hotspots across all telecom circles.
The government has also announced to observe the first week of July as Digital India week.
All these look like really ambitious plans to me, but if the government is successful in their implementation, then it will change the lives of millions of Indians.