The other day, after a long time, I was travelling by a public bus. Taking out the money, I held out my hand casually to the bus-conductor to get my ticket. To my surprise, he didn't have the bunch of colourful tickets bus-conductors usually carried where from they'd out pull one and punch a hole in it, manually. Infact, he didn't carry tickets at all. Instead, he had an electronic box, where he punched something, and from the paper-roll installed inside it, came out my ticket. It was a digital ticket. I took it with my mouth somewhat gaped-open. Once I reached home, I saw the courier guy arrive carrying a parcel, that I had ordered from my favourite e-commerce site. He didn't push any paper under my nose for me to sign, as I expected. Instead, he took out a box and asked me to sign 'digitally' on it. I was amazed to say the least. I've been observing things going rapidly 'digital' of late, and it had reached our bus-tickets and courier-signatures too ( not just important stuff like land-records/taxes/bills ( phone/electric ) or services like railways/airlines/banks/hospitals/shopping etc ). While in urban places, it has become our way-of-life, with almost everything 'digital', further away from the city ~ is however a different story altogether. But one, that promises to change fast ~ courtesy, our PM's very ambitious Digital India Vision, which Intel India has partnered with.
For the laymen, in simple terms : e-governance would mean ~ Government ruling the masses electronically, with the optimum use of Information Technology; which further means any services that a government provides to citizen ( i.e customer ), to employees, govt to government or to businesses - all these on a Pan-India level is a mammoth and very complex task, that'll require the best of equipment, infrastructure, process re-engineering and change management. Here comes Intel®, that'll power up those processors ( mainly computers ), hardware & software, data storages, network etc, to provide super-efficiency, fast and convenience in the services rendered. This task is so giant, considering the size of India both in terms of land-mass as well as the size of population, most of which are still so disconnected ( over 70% living in remote places ), even in this global age, and to make things affordable & easily accessible to all. Intel had recently launched its ambitious project "Digital Skills for India", with the Govt ( costing a whopping Rs.1 lakh crores ), to make over 1000 Panchayats digitally literate, after which the impact will be much higher empowering millions across the country, with an ultimate robust aim to connect all villages by 2018-19. The 'Digital Skills Training Application', available free on Android Play store, is part of the project that includes various modules such as Digital Literacy, Healthcare/Cleanliness and Financial Inclusion in 5 different Indian languages ( with its offline version in 7 languages ). Intel has already been engaging in various programmes successfully for last few decades.
Meanwhile, a conversation somewhere in rural India...
For both small ( individual level ) and big ( govt or business enterprise level ), Intel® offers various computing solutions like ~ Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data Center Optimization, Enterprise Mobility, and Better way to work ensuring more Productivity with a complete Wireless Innovation Technology. It provides best of Processors ( Xeon® Processor D, Core™ vPro™, Real Sense™ Technology ), Servers, Work-Stations, Storage besides other essential computer related products like Motherboards, Chipsets, Server Products, Ethernet, Wireless, Consumer Electronics, Solid-State Drives etc - all contributing in building up a massive and stable technology infrastructure required, to deliver the Dream Vision of #DigitalIndia into a reality.
Why I like the Digital India Vision Concept?
With citizen centricity, service orientation and transparency being the core components of e-Governance, the Government has already undertaken large amount of initiatives by both Central, State, Local District and some at integrated-service level too. All these are with sustained efforts implemented, at multiple levels, in order to simplify the process of accessing them as well as improving the delivery of public services. And in order to speed up the process and reach even the most remotest of localities, a greater strategy and vision is required between Government, Citizens and importantly Corporate entities like Intel, that acts as the connector and guide of sorts. Its performance is most vital, in running of the show called Digital India efficiently, without any hiccups; safeguarding it too ( security being a crucial part of it ). e-Governance had started way back in 2006 itself, but need of the hour is to increase its momentum, which the current Government promises to fulfill - with a vision to see whole of India connected by 2018-19. So, lets all warmly welcome the Intel Powered New Digital India! A new-age India :-)