Even as the union government’s emphasis on adopting digital modalities for all kinds of operations is well visible, a recent Assocham-Deloitte joint study has asked for making internet easily accessible – the basis for the success of any digitization programme. “Mobile data plans in India are among the cheapest in the world and the average retail price of smartphones are steadily declining, yet the internet is out of the reach of nearly 950 million Indians,” the study maintained.
The study has suggested leveraging existing government infrastructure assets for provision of digital services at remote locations. “Digital literacy needs to be increased by providing institutional trainings in schools, colleges and universities; accelerating partnerships with global technology leaders and using the workforce trained under Skill India to impart trainings. An integrated approach between Digital India and Skill India needs to be constructed to design programmes and impart training.”