This month, I had a distinct pleasure to speak at Bareilly, “New India: Opportunities and Challenges”, an event organized by Jagran Group and Future College. I was asked to talk about Digital India and Make In India. Perhaps the 2 initiatives that have governed the development of India over the last 2 years. Key focus of both these initiatives being to make it easy to begin, sustain and grow businesses in India.
While preparing and thinking about how to put it across to a Tier2 audience which may not otherwise be that savvy or care about development at the top level, here is a simplistic picture that I came up with. Digital India is about the following:
- Connectivity: Connecting it all. Laying the backbone of infrastructure to enable everyone to be connected both from a voice and a data perspective. While this is already a success, there is huge scope for how to put applications together for its usage. There is huge scope in healthcare, education and agriculture.
- Transactional: The best mechanism to remove corruption is reduce the manual intervention. This is also a reasonable success so far.
- Financial: With the Aadhaar linkings, mobile wallets and digital currency, we are slowly but surely getting there.