Empowering The Marginalised Through Digital Platforms

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By admin July 25, 2019 12:48

Digital platforms are vital for the inclusive growth of a country like India.

  • Government has been trying to address the issue of identification and providing Unique Identity for the last two decades.
  • Towards this UIDAI was established in 2009 and Pilots for transfer of direct benefits were done subsequently.
  • In 2015 the government launched the Digital India program with the aim of transforming India into digital platforms and knowledge economy.
  • By adopting a citizen-centric approach in delivering services with the latest technology, governance has changed remarkably.
  • The combination of Jan Dhan bank accounts, mobile phones, and digital identity through Aadhar that is JAM Trinity is helping the poor to get benefits directly into their bank account.
  • The United Nations, in its report titled ‘Leaving no one behind: the imperative of inclusive development’ praised India’s decision of launching Aadhar as it will be a step forward in ensuring inclusion of all people especially the poorest and the most marginalized.
  • The national digital platforms comprising unique programs and products such as Aadhaar, DBT, UPI BHIM, Jeevan pramaan, digital locker etc have already created a huge societal impact.
  • India has Indian language content in cyberspace in at least 15 languages and the rest would soon be available on the Internet.
  • Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan has been appreciated as the world’s largest government effort to bridge the digital divide. It aims to make 6 crore rural adults digitally literate- one person in every household.
  • Common service centers are internet-enabled centers along with near doorstep access to citizens to government private and social services. They are not only ensuring social but also financial inclusion of society to ensure nobody is left behind.
  • Digital payments have enabled alternative methods of credit scoring based on auditable transaction chain and with small ticket loan build over digital payments which are helping people who were left behind in the financial ecosystem.
  • The BPO scheme in tier II and III locations are offering services in local languages which is, in turn, creating employment opportunities for the local youth near their home at small towns.

India has set an example with the help of technology that supports emerging socio-economic rights and ensuring the inclusion of a downtrodden vulnerable and marginalized section of the society. The journey of digital antyodaya has begun.

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By admin July 25, 2019 12:48