Author: Jagdish Kumar, India
India’s new mantra to succeed in the 21st century is digital push that will transform the country in the coming years, according to the government that took charge in 2014.
From Digital India, Digital Payments, e-Health, Skill India, Make in India, Startup India are some of the programmes that are helping the country to achieve this goal.
With growing smartphones in the hands of 65% of the 1.25 billion populations that is under 35 years of age and increasing internet penetration, the above programmes are showing result.
Government have now started taking feedback on the digital world platform that also includes social media, programmes are well promoted and announced on digital platforms too.
As the economy is growing at over 7.2% per annum, India has now become the fastest growing country in the whole world.
Digital platform is also ushering in transformation in governance and accelerating socio-economic development through the optimum use of reliable networks, widespread connectivity and intelligent technologies, including digital disruptors like the cloud.
Transformative changes are coming in areas like e-payments, e-health, digital literacy, farming, financial inclusion, geographic mapping, rural development, social benefits programmes, language localisation, and much more.
However, this too brings challenges on training large number of population to increase efficiencies and keep its entrepreneurial spirit burning.
Another challenge comes from mass migration to urban areas. Where demand for infrastructure, particularly roads, transportation, buildings and next-gen digital infrastructure is increasing.
In an increasingly interconnected economy, India’s cities will become the hotspots that will drive growth and spawn a new generation of industries around them.
Under the Make in India and Digital India programmes have already adopted cloud and other digital disruptors to help build a modern and inclusive nation. The cloud is an obvious fit for rapidly emerging economies like India as it helps remove barriers to expensive technology, creating opportunities for new services and products while encouraging small businesses, start-ups and non-profit organisations.
The adoption of technologies like cloud platforms and applications has contributed significantly to our digital momentum.
Further, the interconnected new and emerging technology like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and blockchain are permeating into nation-building.
These technologies enables collaboration and knowledge-sharing between academia, the business world, NGOs and the vast swathes of the Indian population that will most benefit from it — our farmers, rural entrepreneurs and artisans.