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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Digital Nation

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Affordable smartphones and 750 million Internet connections access have made India a digital nation.

How has Fintech revolutionized India?

  • Citizens who are accustomed to pay their routine bills by standing in queues at utility offices started adopting fintech.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, various Digital platforms started providing goods and services, including online education and telemedicine.
  • Many professionals have maintained productivity by working from home.

Is it premature to call India a Digital Nation?

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru Tech Summit said that the true measure of digital nations is the readiness of governments to use technology  & it must be open .
  • The public systems must be  participatory that citizens should  consider it trustworthy.
  • Governance must achieve a reliable system of digital welfare.
  •  There must be seamless delivery of all citizen services.
  • All the above are not true to an extent.
  • However, a beginning has been made to provide government-to-citizen services by establishing Common Service Centres .
  •  Legal advice are been provided to four lakh people under the

Tele-Law scheme.

  • Welfare benefits are provided through bank accounts digitally.
  • If digital methods are applied to other sectors, such as road safety,it has the  potential to  reduce the accident mortality rate of about 1,50,000 deaths a year.

How can technology transform the health sector ?

  • The core plan in Ayushman Bharat is digital health identity for all.
  • It would help to access ,prescribe and dispense essential medicines free.
  • The public procurement cost reduces to 0.1% to 0.5% of GDP.
  • It can help in achieving universal health coverage (UHC).
  • However efficient digital government depends on transforming internal processes government departments, redefining and  fixing deadlines for citizen-centric service delivery.

Source: The Hindu