NEWSONAIR JUL-2019 Indian Haj mission in Saudi Arabia has adopted digital technology to reach out to a large number of pilgrims as part of the Government of India’s initiative of Digital India. With the introduction of Haj App, Indian diplomats in Saudi Arabia are trying to form a bridge with the pilgrims not only to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free Haj operation but also to receive grievances and feedbacks to improve the service.
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI JUL-2019 Osmania University is among the five varsities in the country selected under Digital India project by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, for creation of ICT infrastructure. Accordingly, the University is benefitted with creation of ICT infrastructure worth of Rs 15 crore for Wi-Fi enabled services with 1379 hotspots for the entire campus including administrative, academic and amenities areas covering 113 buildings, a university release said Monday.
DIGITAL INDIA TURNS FOUR: PM NARENDRA MODI LAUDS INITIATIVE, SAYS IT HAS EMPOWERED PEOPLE AND REDUCED CORRUPTION
FIRSTPOST/ANI JUN-2019 India’s push to build a less-cash economy seems to be gathering momentum with the central bank recording a phenomenal growth in digital transactions till March 2019 and setting an ambitious target to push up the volumes by four times by 2021. Total digital transactions in volume terms recorded a growth rate of 58.8 per cent during 2018-19, on top of a growth of 50.4 per cent during 2017-18, the Reserve Bank of India said in a report.
TELANGANATODAY/ANI JUL-2019 On the fourth anniversary of his government’s flagship programme ‘Digital India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the initiative has empowered people, reduced corruption and improved public service delivery to benefit the poor.
DNAINDIA/PTI JUL-2019 Fund transfer through RTGS and NEFT systems got cheaper from Monday after the Reserve Bank of India decided it will not impose any charges on such transactions.
After announcing its decision to waive all charges on fund transfer through RTGS and NEFT systems from July 1, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had also asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers from the same day.The real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers, while the national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) system is used for fund transfers of up to Rs 2 lakh.
THEKASHMIRIMAGES JUN-2019 To enable pilgrims intending to undertake Amarnath Yatra, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has introduced a new mobile based application for the pilgrims.
The app is designed and developed by National E-Governance Division (NeGD) of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY), Government of India.
The spokesperson of the Shrine Board informed that the app provides important information for pilgrims to facilitate planning their Yatra, facilities available in the Shrine area, weather forecast, how to reach, Do’s and Don’ts, health advisory, information and tips, general enquiry, links for online heli-ticket booking, etc.
INDIANEXPRESS JUN-2019 With Common Service Centres (CSC) replacing pre-mobile era PCO booths, government data show a surge in electricity bill payments and insurance premium renewals, which have emerged as some of the fastest growing non-banking services across rural and semi-urban India over the last five years.
INDIANEXPRESS JUN-2019 India’s push to build a less-cash economy seems to be gathering momentum with the central bank recording a phenomenal growth in digital transactions till March 2019 and setting an ambitious target to push up the volumes by four times by 2021.
Total digital transactions in volume terms recorded a growth rate of 58.8 per cent during 2018-19, on top of a growth of 50.4 per cent during 2017-18, the Reserve Bank of India said in a report.
UNIINDIA FEB-2019 In line with its ‘Digital India’ development agenda, the Indian government is reportedly planning to invest heavily in modernising classrooms in India. On Wednesday, the Indian government launched an initiative to bring digital boards as part of a broader digital initiative, promising an investment of ₹90 billion in state-run schools and colleges.
What is IRCTC iPay? Know how it will make online train ticket booking on irctc.co.in faster and easier
FINANCIALEXPRESS MAR-2019 Taking a step forward to promote Modi government’s Digital India initiative, the official e-ticketing arm of Indian Railways, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), has introduced its own payment aggregator system called the IRCTC iPay. According to the corporation, the exclusive digital payment gateway, IRCTC iPay aims to provide an improved online digital payment convenience to railway passengers who are availing online travel related services through the official website of IRCTC.
TIMESOFIDIA/TNN MAR-2019 eCourts services is touted as a revolution in court management in the country and is expected to speed up India’ quest for attaining top ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business. A new digital app, available on both android and iOS, has already seen 17 lakh downloads within few month of its launch, recording almost 5,000 downloads a day, making it so popular that it has bagged the top Digital India award this year.
Big boost for Digital India and Make In India! 4000 more Indian Railways stations to get free public WiFi; record coach production on cards
ZEE-BIZ MAR-2019 When it comes to Digital India, Indian Railways has been on the forefront in taking PM Narendra Modi's scheme to the masses. From rail ticket booking app to provide free WiFi at railway stations, the railways has not only eased its several cumbersome processes but also has helped people go digital. Today, during the launch of its five-year work report card, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that by providing free WiFi, Indian Railways has completed one of the promises made in the party manifesto in 2014. "Around 800 stations today provide free WiFi. We have planned to make free WiFi available at 4000 more railway station so across the country," said Goyal.
BUSINESS-STANDARD FEB-2019 The recently approved National Policy on Electronics, 2019 (NPE 2019) is heavily dependent on the success of the handset manufacturing ecosystem in the country. The NPE 2019, approved by the union cabinet on Tuesday, has set an ambitious target of manufacturing goods and offering services worth Rs 26 trillion by 2025 and half of it is expected to come from a robust mobile handsets sector.
The new policy for the electronics sector that will replace the existing NPE in force since 2012, envisages giving a boost to Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) by promoting domestic manufacturing and exports in the entire value-chain.
Source. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-s-new-electronics-policy-banks-heavily-on-mobile-manufacturing-119022000509_1.html Also See. https://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs/cabinet-approves-national-policy-on-electronics-2019-1550649489-1
Tracking passport application status becomes easier: Now check progress with UMANG app, here’s how to download
FINANCIALEXPRESS FEB-2019 racking the status of your passport application has become easier now with the integration of passport tracking and related services with the UMANG application. The move is in the direction of streamlining public services through the digital India mission of the government. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad shared information via Twitter that one can track passport status and other services of Passport Seva using UMANF app. He added that the app offers 334 services from 67 departments in 17 states of the country.
DNA FEB-2019 The government is likely to spend Rs 10,000 crore in setting up one lakh digital villages across the country in the next five years.
Common Service Centers (CSCs), under the Ministry of IT and Electronics, is in the process of setting up 700 digital villages, or digi gaons as they are called and expected to be completed by March this year, CSC e governance services Ltd CEO Dinesh Tyagi told DNA Money.
The announcement of setting up one lakh digital villages was made during the Interim Budget last week and is apart from the 700 already in the making.
BUSINESSUNSIDER FEB-2019 With the rise in automation, more Indian companies are aggressively hunting for candidates skilled in Artificial Intelligence, but are faced with a talent shortage. To bridge the gap the Indian Institute of Technology has announced several new professional courses targeting artificial intelligence and machine learning. The courses will include both degree and certificate programs including a Bachelor’s of Technology (B.Tech) in Artificial Intelligence. The announcement comes on the back of a survey by ManpowerGroup India that recorded that over 76% employers in India will increase hirings.
ECONOMICTIMES/ANI JAN-2019 n consonance with the spirit of "Digital India" the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Friday introduced the electronic payment mode for the food items on trains through the use of Point of Sale (POS) machines.
Also, the paper bill is generated immediately after the payment is made by the customers as a record of the purchase."The biggest advantage is that one can pay the bill electronically and the right amount would be generated. It would keep a check on the overcharging and the complaints regarding the same," said an IRCTC official. He informed that about 2,000 POS have been deployed in Mail and Express trains and soon rest of the trains would also be covered.
ARUNACHALTIMES AUG-2018 Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein jointly launched the Arunachal instance of MyGov portal and the NIC’s S3WaaS website during the launch ceremony of ‘Digital North East: Vision 2022’
Source. https://arunachaltimes.in/index.php/2018/08/12/mygov-arunachal-portal-launched/ Also See. https://nenow.in/north-east-news/arunachal-deputy-chief-minister-emphasizes-realizing-dream-digital-arunachal.html
TIMESOFINDIA/PTI AUG-2018 Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday released a vision document for a digital northeast that aims to improve people's lives by capacity building of government staff and doubling BPO strength in the region.
Source. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/vision-document-for-digital-northeast-launched-aims-to-enhance-the-ease-of-living/articleshow/65368627.cms Also See. https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/centre-push-for-digital-northeast-251657
FINANCIALEXPRESS JUL-2018 In a big boost to government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative, e- payment transactions recorded a significant jump to 2070.98 crore in 2017-18, Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) said in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha yesterday. In 2013-14, 220 crore e-transactions were recorded. The central government is working with different stakeholders namely smart cities, banks, payment service providers and state to further promote the cashless payments, the minister also said in response to another question.
NDTV AUG-2018 The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is all set to collaborate with several top digital libraries form across the world. Giving this information in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh said that NDLI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with British Library for integrating contents of its "Two Centuries of Indian Print Project".
Source. https://www.ndtv.com/education/national-digital-library-to-collaborate-with-top-digital-libraries-of-world-1894511 Also See. https://www.theindianwire.com/education/national-digital-library-india-set-collab-globally-digital-libraries-world-68026/
THEHINDU JUL-2018 Having worked on the DigiYatra project for over a year, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is close to rolling out this service at airports in a few months, a senior union minister said.
“We have this programme called DigiYatra, which hopefully will be introduced in a few months itself,” Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation said at the sidelines of GJEPC 44th Gem & Jewellery Awards in Mumbai on Saturday night. “(Under this) the moment you will enter the airport, your images will be captured and then you will be able to go through the full lifecycle of your travel in a seamless manner,” the minister said.
TELEGRAPHINDIA JUL-2018 The smart city implementing agency is gearing up to take part in yet another national-level competition - this time, to promote digital payments.
Promoting Digital Payments in 100 Smart Cities in 100 Days, was kicked off by the Centre earlier this month, and will see cities awarded for promotion of digital payments among citizens.
JAGRANJOSH.COM JUL-2018 The NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov platform on July 26, 2018 jointly launched the ‘#InnovateIndia Platform’, collaboration between both the platforms. The #InnovateIndia was launched by R Ramanan, Mission Director of Atal Innovation Mission and Arvind Gupta, CEO of MyGov.
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI JUL-2018 The Indian Railways has kick started a massive effort to digitise its archives across the country that will cover about 25 million pages of railway history. As an initial step, 2.2 million pages of the archival material of the National Rail Museum (NRM) in New Delhi and Rail Museum at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu will be archived, an official told PTI. In a decision taken last week, the Railway Board has begun what could be the largest digitisation of archives by any organisation in India, he said.
ECONOMICTIMES JUL-2018 India is expected to have its first supercomputer of Rs 4,500-crore National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) by December. The first phase of the NSM is focused on assembling the supercomputers, the build element will be part of the second phase. If things stay on track, IIT-Kharagpur will have a 1.3 petaflop machine and IISER Pune and IIT-BHU will have a 650 teraflop computer each by the year-end.
FINANCIALEXPRESS JUL-2018 Advent of the digital economy has helped improve access to services and information where traditional channels have not been able to deliver. Earlier this week, Facebook and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) entered into a strategic partnership in Bhubaneswar to empower youth and entrepreneurs with digital skills in India.
DECCANCHRONICLE/PTI JUL-2018 The government has mandated giving preference to locally produced cyber security products in all public procurement where intellectual property rights are owned by companies or start-ups incorporated in India.
TIMESOFINDIA/PTI JUL-2018 Union Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today India should not miss the digital revolution like it did the Industrial and Entrepreneurial revolutions and should be a leader in it.
Addressing the Goa IT Day event here, Prasad said fundamentals of a digital India were laid when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was campaigning for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Investors beware! Stockbrokers can’t take cash, bank deposits from clients as SEBI pushes ‘Digital India’
FINANCIALEXPRESS/PTI JUL-2018 Sebi has barred stock brokers from directly accepting cash from their clients as it looks to promote digital payments. Besides, stockbrokers are not permitted to receive cash deposits in their bank accounts from clients. “In view of the various modes of payment through electronic means available today, it is directed that stockbrokers shall not accept cash from their clients either directly or by way of cash deposit to the bank account of a stockbroker,” the regulator said in a circular.
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI JUL-2018 Worried about losing your identity proofs while travelling by train? Worry no more. Railways have now said that they will accept soft copies of Aadhar and driving licence provided they are in your DigiLocker, a digital storage service operated by the government that enables Indian citizens to store certain official documents on cloud.
Source. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/railways-to-accept-digital-aadhaar-driving-licence-as-id-proof-from-govts-digilocker/articleshow/64865740.cms Also See. https://www.businesstoday.in/current/economy-politics/no-need-carry-id-on-train-railways-accept-digital-aadhaar-driving-licence-digilocker/story/279944.html
MONEYCONTROL JUL-2018 Transactions through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) hit a new milestone in June, with the number of transactions on the platform breaching the 200-million mark for the first time since its inception.
Incidentally, the value of money that changed hands in 243.37 million UPI transactions in June — totalling Rs 40,834.03 crore — was also the highest in its history.
NEWINDIANEXPRESS JUN-2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the network of about three lakh Common Service Centres, which act as access points for delivery of digital services, have bolstered employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, thus empowering citizens.
TIMESOFINDIA/TNN JUN-2018 PM Narendra Modi has said the Digital India programme has has helped check black marketing and corruption, and people to use RuPay, the Indian version of credit/debit card, to ensure that transaction and processing fee is not earned by foreign companies.
Modi, who interacted with beneficiaries of the various Digital India efforts and representatives from common service centres (CSC) on Friday, said when RuPay is used, the money remains in India and is used for development works and infrastructure projects.
MONEYCONTROL/PTI JUN-2018 The network of Common Service Centres (CSCs) will be expanded to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by the end of this year, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. The platform is available in 1.9 lakh gram panchayats, at present.
Referring to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction via video conferencing earlier today with the beneficiaries of various Digital India efforts and village level entrepreneurs (VLEs), Prasad said that government's digital push has become a movement of empowerment and hope.
Digital India: From appointment in hospitals to blood availability, now it’s all available on UMANG app
FINANCIALEXPRESS JUN-2018 UMANG or Unified Mobile Application was launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2017 and it was a big boost to NDA government’s Digital India push. Now, the government has added a new feature to the app. People can now book appointments in hospitals too through this app. Law and Justice, Information Technology Minister of India, Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted: “Now booking appointments in hospitals, checking the blood availability, viewing medical reports all can be done through Online Registration System available on UMANG App. This single App offers 242 services from 57 departments in 12 states.”
HINDUSTANTIMES JUN-2018 The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch four more satellites to boost rural internet connectivity under the Digital India project, the space agency’s chairman said on Monday.
Similarly, the moon mission ‘Chandrayaan-2’ is also on track and will be launched by the end of this year, chairman K Sivan added. At present, two communication satellites GSAT 20 and GSAT 11 are getting ready for their launch, he said.
Source. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/isro-to-launch-more-satellites-to-boost-rural-internet-connectivity-under-digital-india-project/story-kPYg0pDxGwtc50OgtDo25L.html Also See. https://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/new-satellite-launch-to-help-fast-track-digital-india-says-expert/64818284
ECONOMICTIMES JUN-2018 Taking the objective of achieving a digital India forward, the Uttarakhand government rolled out free Wi-Fi services through an aerostat to provide internet services to remote villages. The authorities launched the service at the IT park in the state capital Dehradun in the presence of the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat,
ECONOMICTIMES JUN-2018 After launching its first free WiFi service from Mumbai Central station in January 2016, Google has today announced the completion of the free service at 400 railway stations across India in collaboration with RailTel, the telecom arm of Indian Railways. Dibrugarh in Assam has become the 400th railway station to get the free WiFi service from Google, said the internet giant in a statement.
Source. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/google-says-free-wifi-available-at-400-railway-stations/articleshow/64492865.cms Also See. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/telecom/news/google-railtels-railwire-free-public-wi-fi-service-now-at-400-indian-railway-stations-1864015
HUFFINGTONPOST JUN-2018 India Stack, a privately-owned bouquet of proprietary software applications powering most Aadhaar applications and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative, has long stayed below the radar and out of the raging public debate around data and privacy.
Until now. In a joint press conference with Modi last week, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore was ready "internationalise" India Stack and help other countries build and exploit technologies similar to Aadhaar.
NDTV/PTI MAY-2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched three Indian mobile payment apps in Singapore at a business event aimed at globalization of the country's digital payment platform. At the 'Business, Innovation and Community Event' in Singapore where digital platform was the main feature, PM Modi launched India's BHIM, RuPay and SBI app.
NCERT textbooks revised: Demonetisation, Swachh Bharat to Digital India, Modi’s flagship schemes find their way into school syllabus
FINANCIALEXPRESS JUN-2018 Flagship programmes of the Narendra Modi government like Namami Gange, Digital India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana have made their way into NCERT textbooks for class 6 to 10. An analysis of the revised NCERT textbooks by The Indian Express shows that these additions have been made to the Geography, Science, Political Science, Economics and English books. These changes have been made as part of a revision exercise that the NCERT undertook for the first time since 2007.
Source. https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/ncert-textbooks-revised-demonetisation-swachh-bharat-to-digital-india-modis-flagship-schemes-find-their-way-into-school-syllabus/1189328/ Also See. http://indianexpress.com/article/education/from-modis-swachh-bharat-noteban-to-ganga-and-digital-india-govt-schemes-enter-ncert-textbooks-5199426/A
FINANCIALEXPRESS/IANS MAY-2018 Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday said the resolution on digital health brought out by India was adopted by the 71st World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). “I’m happy to share that the landmark resolution on #DigitalHealth – initiated by India – was unanimously adopted by the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva. India received widespread praise for its leadership on this forward looking agenda,” Nadda said in a tweet.
THEHINDUBUSINESSLINE MAY-2018 National Informatics Centre (NIC) on Monday said it will hire 800 people over the next one year, of which 355 will only be for cyber security purposes. "We have 4,500 people right now and will be hiring 800 employees in the next one year, of which 355 people will be for cyber security. There are 10,000 websites hosted by us for government/ state governments, so we need a stronger cyber security team," Neeta Verma, Director-General, NIC, told presspersons here.
Source. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/info-tech/nic-to-hire-800-people-over-next-one-year/article24012123.ece Also See. http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-cm/nic-launches-new-data-centre-in-bhubaneswar-to-hire-800-people-all-india-in-1-year-118052800723_1.html
INDIANEXPRESS/PTI MAY-2018 Having completed four years in power, digital delivery of services and employment generation through the common service centre scheme are the biggest achievements of the National Democratic Alliance government, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad told Indian EXpress in an interview. Prasad said that digital health and literacy are areas where work needs to be accelerated.
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI MAY-2018 The Digital IndiaNSE 0.00 % programme has transformed into a "mass movement" and the government will soon finalise a new electronics policy for build on the momentum, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said. It will also push ahead to meet the ambitious goal of increasing the size of India's digital economy to USD 1 trillion in the coming years.
Source. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/electronics/new-electronics-policy-soon-it-minister/articleshow/64342714.cms Also See. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-form-new-electronics-policy-to-build-on-the-momentum-it-minister-118052700422_1.html
THEHINDUBUSINESSLINE/PTI MAY-2018 Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) will provide financial support to village level entrepreneurs who operate the Common Service Centres that act as access points for delivery of electronic services. An MoU to this effect was signed between SIDBI and Common Service Centres (CSC) in the presence of Minister for Electronics..
How to Get a Digital Signature Certificate in India: Process, Price, Getting One for Free, and Other Questions Answered
NDTV.COM MAY-2018 A digital signature is a way to identify yourself online. Just like passports, driving licenses, and PAN cards allow you to prove your identity offline, digital signatures let you prove your identity online. To do this, you need a digital signature certificate and that lets you sign documents digitally.
Digital India goes rural: Modi’s ‘DigiGaon’ to bring villages on Wi-Fi Internet to boost literacy, incomes
FINANCIALEXPRESSS MAY-2018 Pushing the Digital India initiative to the next level, the Narendra Modi government’s Digital Village or DigiGaon programme not only attempts to connect villages with Wi-Fi but also provide digital literacy to its residents and assist in entrepreneurship opportunities such as setting cottage industries for manufacturing candles, incense sticks or sanitary napkins.
CSC to reach 2.50 lakh gram panchayats and 700 Digital villages to be established by the year end : Union Minister of Electronics & IT
BUSINESS-STADARD MAY-2018 The network of Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India, are set to be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the year end,Union Minister for Electronics and IT Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI MAY-2018 The government aims to more than double production of mobile phones in the country in the next two years, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.
FINANCIALEXPRESS MAY-2018 The network of Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages in India, are set to be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the year end.
ECONOMICTIMES MAY-2018 The government is aiming to create a trillion dollar economy through Digital IndiaNSE 0.00 % campaign, according to the report. The report, “India’s Trillion Dollar Digital Opportunity, has outlined a 30-point implementation module for the ambitious goal.
PM Modi's Digital India! Not books, free railway WiFi helps coolie pass Kerala Public Service Commission exam
FINANCIALTIMES/PTI APR-2018 Being surrounded by books is a matter of routine for civil services aspirants, but Sreenath K, a coolie who cleared the written test of the Kerala Public Service Commission, the preparation is just about his phone and earphones as he goes about his job.
Source. http://www.timesnownews.com/the-buzz/article/pm-modis-digital-india-not-books-free-railway-wifi-helps-coolie-pass-kerala-public-service-commission-exam/225832 Also See. https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/really-inspiring-coolie-clears-civil-services-written-test-and-modis-digital-india-played-a-big-role-in-his-dream-success/1160019/
ECONOMICTIMES/PTI APR-2018 The national telecom policy in works will focus on complete transition of the country from physical to digital infrastructure, with norms to push availability of high speed and uninterrupted broadband services in mission mode, according to government sources.
ECONOMICTIMES APR-2018 India Post Payment Bank (IPPB), the postal department’s payments bank division, will utilise the services of the postman to offer doorstep — or assisted — banking in rural areas.
Armed with a smartphone, the postman will assist people to make banking transactions from their homes.
DNAINDIA APR-2018 As part of its Digital India programme, the government has started the process of formulating a policy for digital universities across the country. Once formulated, such universities will be set up to enable people to access high-level education at their convenience. These universities will be given accreditation and courses will also be recognised by the government,
ECONOMICTIMES APR-2018 Adult Indians are transacting more through their bank accounts and restricting the use of cash, a behavioural shift that could help improve the government’s tax revenues.
NDTV.COM APR-2018 BHIM or Bharat Interface for Money app has led to a 'spectacular growth in digital payments', said Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday. "There has been a spectacular growth in digital payments through BHIM UPI over a span of one year,
FINANCIALEXPRESS APR-2018 With an aim to fast-track the disposal of pending cases, the government has been going for major transformation of court rooms into digital, paperless entity, according to The Indian Express report. So far, 342 jails and 488 district courts have got the facilities.
ZEEBIZ APR-2018 To further boost usage of government's BHIM App, the ministry has now announced a cashback offers for new and existing users. Not only this, even customers and merchants can avail cashback plans on using the app.
Source. http://www.zeebiz.com/india/news-good-news-bhim-app-gives-cashback-plans-to-customers-merchants-know-what-they-are-42778 Also See. https://www.gadgetsnow.com/tech-news/heres-how-you-can-get-cashback-offers-worth-upto-rs-750-on-using-bhim-app/articleshow/63760817.cms
LIVEMINT/IANS APR-2017 Addressing business leaders at the CNBC-TV18’s India Business Leader Awards 2018 presented by Standard Chartered in the national capital on 6 April, Prasad said a nation progresses when elected leaders and business captains work in sync. Prasad said digital transformation has led to the country of 1.3 billion people having 1.21 billion mobile phones.
BUSINESS-STANDARD/PTI APR-2017 Around 340 million post office savings account holders will be able to avail a full-fledged digital banking service from May as the government has approved linking such accounts with that of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)."The finance ministry has approved linking of savings bank accounts at post offices with IPPB accounts.
Source. http://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/post-office-account-holders-can-avail-digital-banking-service-from-may-118040800241_1.html Also See. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/post-office-savings-account-customers-can-soon-avail-full-digital-banking-service/articleshow/63665912.cms
ECONOMICTIMES MAR-2017 In line with the Digital India initiative, the government has developed three online portals to make it easier to export farm products from India and reduce transaction costs. “Potential for agricultural and food export will get a great boost due to these digital initiatives,” commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said while launching the portals on Tuesday.
ECONOMICTIMES APR-2018/PTI. Nations like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have approached India for sharing of knowledge and expertise on digital infrastructure including digital identity and digital locker system, Parliament was informed today.
Source. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/nations-turning-to-india-for-digital-infra-knowhow-ravi-shankar-prasad/articleshow/63300658.cms Also See. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/nations-turning-to-india-for-digital-infra-knowhow-prasad-118031400641_1.html
THEHINDUBUSINESSLINE MAR-2017 According to sources close to the development, the government is working on the first ‘Made in India’ MRI machine, the prototype of which is expected by December. The Minister of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Ravi Shankar Prasad wants it to be ready to be marketed before the end of 2019.
INDIATODAY MARCH-2017 Indian Railways will invest about ₹12,000 crore in developing a common digital platform for integrating information from all its departments leading to savings of about ₹60,000 crore, said Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister. “In the last Rail Budget, I had announced an Enterprise Resource Planning system that will be an IT-based platform for system-wide integration and planning,” Mr. Prabhu said during a conference involving leading software companies, to draw the roadmap for the software.
LIVEMINT/PTI MAR-2017 iming to provide connectivity in remote areas, Indian Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes. Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others.
Source. http://www.livemint.com/Industry/NcCoBZLIhEmYNYr8pAR00I/Wi-Fi-kiosks-at-500-remote-railway-stations-to-provide-onlin.html Also See. http://www.thestatesman.com/india/wi-fi-kiosks-at-500-remote-rail-stations-to-provide-e-services-1490503943.html
FIRSTPOST MAR-2017. The revised RBI guidelines say that the minimum validity of the prepaid meal instruments shall be one year from the date of loading. Existing paper vouchers shall not be valid beyond December 31, 2017. It also said that companies that are issuing meal vouchers under B2B arrangements in paper voucher form will now have to issue them in electronic form, including cards, and the maximum value in these PPIs cannot exceed Rs 1,00,000.
India is ready to co-operate with other countries to improve cybersecurity, says IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
FIRSTPOST.COM/PTI MARCH-2017. The government is open for international collaboration in the field of cybersecurity and favours handling issue of cyber terrorism in cooperation with other countries, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.
TIMESOFINDIA/TNN MAR-2017. The Centre has asked all banks to launch Aadhaar Pay, which will facilitate financial transactions by using fingerprints, by the end of the month. All banks will also have to enable 'Pay to Aadhaar' facility on the BHIM app by March 31 with SBI and Punjab National Bank asked to provide the facility by the end of the week. This feature on BHIM will help in making payments by simply entering the 12-digit Aadhaar number.
THEHINDU DEC-2016. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday announced a raft of incentives to accelerate the switch from cash that include discounts for payments made digitally for fuel at petrol pumps, suburban railway services, insurance premiums, and for use of RFID at toll plazas on national highways.
Source. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/Centre-unveils-discounts-to-fuel-switch-to-digital-mode/article16780283.ece Also See. http://in.reuters.com/article/india-modi-digital-cashban-idINKBN13X1DF Other Links. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/after-a-month-of-queues-govt-lines-up-sops-116120900057_1.html
BUSINESS-STANDARD NOV-2016. A number of ministries and departments in the Central Government, especially those that have a direct interface with the public, have gotten down to chalking out their strategies to go cashless on Friday, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed them to switch from currency-based transactions to online and cheque payments.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who spoke to chief executives of public sector and private banks on Thursday, said the principal objective of the government’s reform programme was to curtail the use of physical currency. To this end, the Minister set banks a target of converting cash transactions worth Rs. 2 lakh crore into digital transactions by December 30.
BUSINESS-STANDARD NOV-2016. This year IITF through its Digital India Theme is aligned to fulfil the vision of Honble Prime Minister of India. The theme assumes special significance in order to transform the entire ecosystem of public services through the use of information technology.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT, said the government would have to work with local industry and several partners to achieve this. “India can potentially be world leader in mobile phone manufacturing ecosystem and this has to be done in a phased manner,” she said.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. On instructions of the Prime Minister's Office, the IT ministry held a meeting on Monday to discuss ways to promote digital payments to help tide over the cash crunch in the economy, following withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes from circulation.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. Niti Aayog has proposed giving tax breaks to consumers and merchants for debit or credit card payments. The government think-tank has also suggested levying surcharge for cash transactions beyond a set limit to encourage electronic transactions.
INDIANEXPRESS NOV-2016. Following incidents of inconveniences being faced by citizens in light of government withdrawing old currency notes, a two-member ministerial group met on Monday to formulate a strategy to put the Centre’s plans for creating an ecosystem for cashless transactions on the fast-track...
THEHINDU NOV-2016. The NDA government's demonetisation gambit is being backed up by an effort to move all government transactions to the cashless mode, with the Centre working on a new single window e-payment system that individuals or businesses can use to make payments to any central or State department.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said “the demonetisation move is a big step to maintain international credibility.”
THEHINDU NOV-2016. JIPMER has started a tele-evidence service which enables doctors to attend a court case without leaving the premises. JIPMER Director Dr. S.C. Parija said this facility had been created as per the guidelines and norms of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. Students from technical institutions will help the government solve technical problems faced by various ministries and departments over the next three months and also be rewarded for it.
THEHINDU OCT-2016. Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) chairman Umesh Kumar said here that the portal had been promoted jointly by the State government's Technical Education Department and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
INDIANEXPRESS NOV-2016. With an aim to deal with the increasing threats in the cyber space on account of increasing proliferation of internet services, the government will set up a Rs 1,000 crore fund, administered by a high-powered committee chaired by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, which would look into areas of research and development of cyber-security products and systems, a senior government official.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. The government is developing a national data registry (NDR) that will require all agencies— state, private and academic — that collect and store geospatial data to provide details of the data they store.
THEHINDU NOV-2016. The Delhi government has started the process of digitising land records and the data will soon be made available online. The Revenue Department is implementing the process to develop a comprehensive and transparent land records management system, said Deputy Commissioner (IT/Central) Rupesh Kumar Thakur.
Coming soon! UMANG, the master app for government services
ECONOMICTIMES NOV-2016. A master app to unlock government services for citizens on the mobile phone is slated for launch within four months, but only a small number of amenities will form part of the initial rollout, according to people aware of the plan.
ECONOMICTIMES OCT-2016. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said the country had too few Wi-Fi hotspots and will soon recommend that a neutral Wi-Fi infrastructure be deployed to bridge the digital divide, among other steps needed to improve broadband connectivity.
INDIANEXPPRESS OCT-2016. As per the new mandate, all mobile phones in the country will have to provide text reading support in all Indian languages on their devices.
Source. http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/govt-mandates-indian-language-support-in-phones-from-july-2017-3726977/ Also See. http://www.news18.com/news/tech/indian-languages-support-a-must-for-all-phones-sold-from-july-2017-government-1306019.html
THEHINDU OCT-2016. With the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approving the establishment of a National Academic Depository (NAD), all academic degrees, certificates and awards in the country would soon be digitally available for verification.
HINDUSTANTIMES OCT-2016. Under the Centre’s Digital India initiative, 30 NDMC schools will impart education through ‘Smart Classes’, officials said in New Delhi on Wednesday. In the first phase, this digital platform of imparting education will be adopted in over 440 classrooms of these schools, a release said.
THEHINDU OCT-2016. CSC eGovernance Services India Limited which is a special purpose vehicle (CSC SPV) incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 by the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to monitor the implementation of the CSC scheme is offering animal tele-medicine facility called – ePashu Chikitsa – through its vast CSC network across the country.
INDIANEXPRESS SEP-2016. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is trying hard to improve the digital economy of the country with aims to create a trillion dollar economy in few years, the Minister for Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has said. Prasad was delivering the inaugural address at the three-day CyFy 2016, the India conference on Internet Governance and Cyber Security, organised by Observer Research Foundation (ORF) every year in Delhi.
BUSINESS-STANDARD SEP-2016. The Jan-Dhan Yojana is poised for a huge leap by extension of its banking platform to phones not connected to the internet. It is the next big thing on the government's financial inclusion programme.
DNAINDIA/PTI SEP-2016. In line with the Centre's ambitious 'Digital India' initiative, the Coal Ministry has decided to move all papers and documents into digital format November 1 onwards, a move aimed at bringing efficiency and transparency.
BUSINESS-STANDARD SEP-2016. At a time when global technology giants such as Google and Microsoft are exploring ways to incorporate Indian languages in their products and services, a government-run research organisation has developed a language interface that facilitates real-time translation of online content in more than 15 languages.
THEHINDU/PTI SEP-2016. The move comes as part of the UIDAI’s efforts to ensure the information is not misused. Under the recently notified regulations, these agencies have also been mandated to inform Aadhaar holders the purpose for which their details will be used.
ECONOMICTIMES SEP-2016. Digital India is making slowly and steadily stroll and targeting masses through two outreach campaigns: one aimed at university students and the other at people in rural areas. University workshops are being conducted by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under the IT ministry, along with the National Service Scheme, Department of Youth Affairs.
THEHINDU SEP-2016. As the government pushes to provide governance through mobile phones, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has mandated smartphone manufacturers to ensure all devices support Hindi and at least one local language.
THEHINDU SEP-2016. The government has set the ball rolling for the creation of an online database where all academic certificates will be available in digital format by the end of next year.
Source. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/get-ready-to-view-degrees-in-digital-format-from-end-of-2017/article9092492.ece Also See. http://www.asianage.com/india/hrd-ministry-plans-digital-certificates-degrees-2017-454
THEHINDU SEP-2016. Looking at tapping the 2.29 lakh Common Service Centers (CSCs) in the country to boost rural economy, the government plans to enable assembly and manufacturing of LED lights at these centers.
ECONOMICTIMES SEP-2016. Online merchants including eBay, MakeMyTrip and Pepperfry are said to be joining the UPI network soon, along with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. and Idea Cellular for mobile bill payments. The Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation, which operates the widely used train ticket booking website, may also join the UPI platform to offer customers an instant payment option.
TIMESOFINDIA/TNN SEP-2016. The Union minister for law and justice and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday dedicated WiFi services in as many as five villages in the Araziline block of Varanasi and called for ensuring "digital literacy" among women.
THEHINDU SEP-2016. The government will soon unveil a new scheme to provide mobile phone access to over 55,000 villages, particularly those in border states and in the Himalayan region, to push forward its flagship Digital India programme.
TIMESOFINDIA AUG-2016. At the launch, union minister for Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the launch of this e-library was as step towards realization of the Digital India Campaign and an example of public service through innovative use of IT. Prasad informed that his ministry has already made 400 websites out of a total of 1800 websites accessible.today.
NDTV AUG-2016. State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is keen to offer Internet bandwidth to the Members of Parliament to digitally empower people in their constituencies through the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna initiative under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme.
NDTV AUG-2016. Work is on to make 100 government websites differently-abled friendly and 16 such websites are ready, Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said..
BUSINESS-STANDARD AUG-2016. Shri Sinha congratulated C-DOT for GPON technology and expressed the hope that by March, 2017, one lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) will be connected through Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) to set up a network infrastructure to serve the rural masses. He said, all are working with zeal to achieve the target of connecting 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats with Broadband Network within stipulated timeframe, which is the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
TIMESOFINDIA/TNN AUG-2016. The Goa government, on Tuesday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Google India to promote digital literacy and drive digital transformation across the state. As a first step, the state will launch internet safety education as part of the curriculum for students of classes 9 to 12 in government schools in association with Google India.
ECONOMICTIMES AUG-2016. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the union minister of IT & electronics, has said that the government is going to transform the Digital India program into more segment-focused one with smarpthones playing a crucial role at the core.
TIMESOFINDIA AUG-2016. Prodded by recruiters and after relentless scrutiny by eminent management experts, IIM-Calcutta is modifying its admission system to shed the image of an "engineer-only" B-school.
BUSINESS-STANDARD / PTI AUG-2016. After Punjab National Bank (PNB) and United Bank of India (UBI), more banks are likely to start a facility wherein an account holder can verify his income tax return on the e-filing site even without having a netbanking account.
LIVEMINT MAY-2016. While this helps make governance participative, it also enables the administration give the results of various schemes on a real-time basis and showcase its performance.
PTINEWS MAY-2016. The Income Tax department has decided to extend its ambitious email-based pilot assessment project to two more cities, in addition to the existing five metros, in an effort to ensure paperless communication regime with the taxpayers.
Source. http://www.ptinews.com/news/7474475_Email-based-IT-assessment--Hyderabad--Kolkata-added-to-scheme-.html Also See. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/tax/email-based-it-assessment-hyderabad-kolkata-added-to-scheme/articleshow/52400761.cms
BUSINESS-STANDARD APR-2016. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has signed an agreement with ICDL Asia of Singapore to collaborate on improving digital literacy skills of Indians. As per the MoU, both parties aim to explore opportunities to implement ICDL certification programmes in India, including skilling one million migrating candidates and other NSDC's school or university initiatives in the next five years.
SAMACHARJAGAT APR-2016. एनएसडीसी के मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी जयंत कृष्णा ने कहा कि यह साझेदारी भारत सरकार के स्किल इंडिया और डिजिटल इंडिया कार्यक्रम में सहायता करेगी।
Source. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/nsdc-icdl-ink-pact-to-improve-digital-literacy-in-india-116041500620_1.html Also See. http://samacharjagat.com/news/business/NSDC-ICDL-ink-pact-to-improve-digital-literacy-in-India-49796
CXOTODAY 30-MAR-2016: The revolution in the Over The Top Content (OTT) or Video On Demand (VOD) industry in India is somewhat similar to the exponential growth of satellite TV during 1990s, thanks to the globalization policy of the government. Today, the Digital India initiative is set to accelerate the OTT and VOD players.
ECONOMICTIMES 1-APR-2016. “To support Digital India and Make in India programmes, hardware industry body MAIT in association with Intel and Datamini launched a mobile tablet which has got fingerprint scanner for Aadhaar authentication. … Launching the device, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the government's entire focus is on DBT across board and the key to that is the ability to have machine like this one.”
INDIATODAY 4-APR-2016. “The government today said total Aadhaar enrollments have crossed the 100-crore mark, which will give a boost to various public welfare schemes and ensure that benefits are delivered directly to deserving masses.”
DNAINDIA 1-APR-2016: "The tax department has processed over 6.53 lakh online rectification applications in 2015-16 fiscal and asked the assessees to make use of the e-filing portal for correcting mistakes in Income tax returns. … The e-filing portal of the I-T department provides the utility for online filing and tracking of rectification requests, said CBDT.”
ECONOMICTIMES.COM 22-MAR-2016. Listing out the achievements of the Government as it looks to complete two years in power, Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad today said during his tenure and because of a sustained push, 20494 post offices have been connected under core banking solution, which is more than the 16333 enabled core banking branches of State Bank of India (SBI).
DNAINDIA.COM. “Today it is common to a have Global Positioning Systems (GPS) installed on your mobile phone as Google maps and other navigation platforms are being used in vehicles with increasing frequency. The common thread that binds all these technologies and makes them work is geoinformatics. … For now, Indian colleges offer geoinformatics at the post graduate level, either as a full time masters or a certificate course.”
ECONOMICTIMES.COM 30-MAR-2016: “As a part of the Digital India initiative, NPCI is planning to make bill payments digital across the country. In 2013, RBI had estimated that around 3,080 crore bills were generated amounting to Rs 6,20,000 crore in the top 20 cities. This is expected to rise to Rs 9,30,000 crore by 2019, and BBPS will be one big leap.”
Source. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/finance/how-will-bharat-bill-payments-system-benefit-you/articleshow/51608286.cms Also See. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/npci-to-act-as-central-unit-under-bharat-bill-payment-system-115112401296_1.html
From ECONOMICTIMES.COM. “The government is investing Rs 500 crore per year on research related to electronics products, a top official of Department of Electronics and IT (Deity) said.
The research is carried out at incubation centres associated with IITs, Indian Institute of Science and other premier institutes. The government is also asking the private sector to invest in research by collaborating with the incubation centres.”
FROM BUSINESS-STANDARD.COM. “The first e-pension Adalat of the country and the 138th Defence Pension Adalat was inaugurated at the Naval Base here today (15-March-2016) by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Shobhana Joshi, IDAS.”
Source. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/first-e-pension-adalat-of-the-country-inaugurated-116031501209_1.html Also See. http://computer.financialexpress.com/news/egovwatch-digital-india-gets-its-first-e-pension-adalat-to-address-pensioners-grievances/16657/
From ECONOMICTIMES.INDIATIMES.COM. “Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that Digital India will be a $1 trillion business opportunity, combining the requirements of the telecoms, IT/ITeS and electronics manufacturing sectors. India's demographic dividend, he said, is accelerating the 'Digital India' drive...”
From ECONOMICTIMES.INDIATIMES.COM. “The Indian Railways plans to introduce WiFi enabled stations, integrated mobile applications, ecommerce platforms, barcoded tickets and project management through use of drone and geospatial based satellite technology as railway minister Suresh Prabhu bets on technology to improve customer interface and monitoring of project implementation.”