What is E-sansad? What are the benefits of this particular project and what
are the challenges thereof? What are the further steps need to taken to ensure
It is a program under Digital
India (e-Kranti – Electronic Delivery of
Services). e-Sansad has a state counterpart as e-Vidhan. This project plans to
digitise all Parliament documents. Union
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) is the Nodal Ministry for implementation of both the projects. This is
also in consonance with Go Green Initiative, which will further limit cutting
of trees for making paper.
Benefits of e-Sansad project
Takes Less space and
further storage requirements are reduced.
This project will help in moving towards effective delivery of Goods and
services through e- Governance mechanism.
What is e-Governance?
e-Governance is in
essence, the application of Information and Communications Technology to
government functioning in order to create ‘Simple, Moral, Accountable,
Responsive and Transparent’ (SMART) governance. e-Governance facilitates interaction between different stake holders in
Challenges associated with the success of e-Sansad project
Some States have
adopted automation still huge amount of Paper is being consumed in state
How digital/e- Literacy can limit the success of Projects like e-Sansad and
In simple words it is the skillset which facilitates the use
of devices like smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop
PCs. People in India are lacking in terms of either devices or the skillset. And majority lacking in Both aspect,
being approximately 30% of Indian population living below poverty line. As majority of Rural Population don’t know
English while most of the content in the internet is in English this further
limits their accessibility to various electronic services.
What are the various issues with Internet Penetration in India and how they
affect e-delivery of services?
Latest TRAI (Telecom Regulatory of India) Report, which is
one of the most authentic report, stated that Internet penetration in India is
very low. In India 28.77 Internet subscribers per 100 population use internet. Thus
the question arises if such a huge population is not digitally literate then
how Digital India can prove to be successful.
How Digital Divide is an impediment in Implementing e- Governance in India?
In India Internet
connections are unevenly distributed. According to the TRAI report TRAI urban
India has 61.9 Internet subscriptions per 100 people, while rural India gets by
with just 13.7. Delhi alone has
2.2 crore Internet connections, whereas the entire North East has just 4.3
lakh. This shows the widespread regional disparity as well as Rural- urban
Divide in terms of Internet connections.
Limited success of Digital India
Govt steps taken in the direction of Digital India are not
effective enough. MyGov.in as a platform for citizen engagement in governance, has
remained a limited success. Other initiatives like eSign framework which allow
citizens to digitally sign a document online using Aadhaar authentication has
not seen considerable growth.
What are the various other initiative for the effective e-Governance?
Aim of Digital India
is Spreading of information without barriers. ‘Digital India’ program envisages
that by the year 2019, the 250,000 Indian villages will enjoy broadband
connectivity, and, universal phone connectivity. This programme has been
envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). Digital
India to provide the much needed thrust to the nine pillars of growth areas,
namely Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile connectivity, Public
Internet Access Programme, e-governance: Reforming Government through
Technology, e-Kranti-Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All,
Electronics Manufacturing, IT for Jobs and Early Harvest Programmes.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)
Aim of ‘Pradhan
Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ is to make 6 crore rural households
digitally literate by March 2019. If implemented successfully it is expected to
be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. The
implementation of the scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision
of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with State/UTs
through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance
Society (DeGS), etc.
We must focus on digital literacy and leverage technical
skills to reap the benefits out of an increasingly global, digital and