BJP aims to create digital India

BJP Election Manifesto 2014 aims to nurture a Digital India thereby making every household and every individual digitally empowered.

The party aims to make every household digitally literate with a goal to make India the Global Knowledge hub, with IT being a major driver and engine of growth.

The manifesto has a strong focus on e-Governance as BJP believes IT is a great enabler for empowerment, equity and efficiency.The party is focusing on: broadbanding villages;  participative governance; digital learning; tele-medicine and mobile healthcare; open source and open standard; E-Bhasha; and others.

Salient points on creating digital India 

  • Focus on increasing the penetration and usage of broadband across the country. Deployment of broadband in every village would be a thrust area.
  • Leverage technology for e-Governance and engage proactively with the people through social media for participative governance and effective public grievance redressal mechanism.
  • Generate IT based jobs in rural and semi-urban areas.
  • Make technology enabled products affordable for students.
  •  Use technology to reduce the burden of books on children. Make all institutions and schools e-enabled in a phased manner. Digital learning and training to be used extensively.
  •  Pursue a mission mode project under the ‘National Rural Internet and Technology Mission’ for use of tele-medicine and mobile healthcare for rural healthcare delivery; use of IT for agriculture for real time information; self help groups; retail trade and SMEs; and rural entrepreneurs.
  • Initiate a National e-Governance Plan to cover every Government office from the center to the panchayats. The ‘E-Gram, Vishwa Gram’ scheme in Gujarat to be implemented nationwide.
  •  Promote e-Bhasha – National Mission for the promotion of IT in Indian Languages.
  • Focus to bring SC/ST, OBCs and other weaker sections of the society within the ambit of IT enabled development.
  • Deploy IT to protect India’s priceless cultural and artistic heritage, which includes digitization of all archives and museology.
  •  Promote ‘open source’ and ‘open standard’ software.
  •  Mandate digitization of all government work to reduce corruption and delays.
  •  Set up high-speed digital highways to unite the nation.
  • Use technology to reduce transmission and distribution losses.
  •  Use mobile and e-Banking to ensure financial inclusion.

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