- Veröffentlicht: 09. Februar 2017
The Union Budget 2017-18 focuses on "TEC - transforming, energising and cleaning India". But the key to this is inclusion both, geographical and financial, in a cost efficient manner.
The existing digital infrastructure of "Aadhaar and mobile" connected with bank accounts will push a digital revolution in India and bring in transparency in the financial systems and, thereby, improve both, governance and services to citizens. However, the key to this is telephone connectivity, broadband, enabling devices, cyber security and digital literacy. All the following find emphasis in the budget:
- Enhancing connectivity for services
- Increased allocation for BharatNet project will enable high-speed broadband on optical fibre for 1.5 lakh gram panchayats (GPs). It will help to bring transparency in the functioning of GPs and easy access to e-governance services.
- Computer Emergency Response Team to be set for the cyber security of the financial sector
- BHIM app to provide benefits to individuals (referral incentive) and merchants (cashback)
- Non availability of quality healthcare, education & skills in rural areas will be addressed through "DigiGaon" using broadband and Digital India projects
- Aadhaar Pay service will enable people to make and receive payments using their Aadhaar number and biometrics
- Coach Mitra (SMS service) for all railway coach related complaints of people
- Leveraging digital and other technologies
- Mini labs for soil testing to be set up in all Krishi Vigyan Kendras
- No service charge on e-ticket of railways
- No import duty on POS and other devices used for digital payments. This will directly help to improve the digital economy and make India a manufacturing hub
- Space technology to be used for monitoring MNREGA implementation
- Special incentives through schemes such as M-SIPS and EDF will help mobile manufacturers to bring down the cost of manufacturing in India
- Computerisation and integration of 63000 PACS (primary agricultural credit societies) with the core banking system of district central banks through Nabard
- Digital literacy for rural women
- For senior citizens, Aadhaar-based health cards to be introduced
The above will propel the country towards PURA (provision of urban amenities in rural areas) and could slow down migration to urban areas. In addition, telecom technologies will provide audit trail and transparency and lead to "Swachh Bharat".
Autor(en)/Author(s): Hemant Joshi
Quelle/Source: The Calcutta Telegraph, 02.02.2017