UPSC 2017 IAS Exam: PIB Summary and Analysis – May 23

Digital India Corporation (DIC)
  • DIC will lead and guide in realizing the vision, objectives and goals of the Digital India program
  • DIC will provide strategic support to Ministries/Departments of Centre/States for carrying forward the mission of Digital India by way of Capacity Building for e-Governance projects, promoting best practises, encouraging Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), nurturing innovation and technology in various domains
  • It will also collaborate and mobilise partnerships with the industry to ensure autonomy and viability of the organisation in the long run
  • Digital India Corporation shall have the following broad responsibilities
    • To provide leadership and support to Government of India through MeitY, to steer and anchor Digital India and all related policy and implementation initiatives. To promote digital transactions including digital payments through various medium
    • To support MeitY in all its initiatives with policy and implementation related issues concerning various ongoing programmes & schemes in ICT domain and new initiatives necessitated as part of the Digital India vision
    • To support Ministries/Departments, both at Centre as well as at States and other stakeholders in crafting progressive e-Governance strategies, to promote Accountability, Efficiency, Efficacy and Transparency
    • To source and make available from both the market as well as within government, pool of specialized technically skilled manpower for hardware, software, networks, cyber security and laws, standards, quality and testing etc. in ICT domain to Ministries/Depts. on charge basis under the Central and State Government
    • To promote innovation and evolve models for empowerment of citizens through Digital initiatives and to promote participatory governance and citizen engagement across the government through various platforms including social media
    • To establish the National e-Governance Academy and to put in place an institutional mechanism for capacity building of government and its agencies, including assessment and evolution of suitable training packages/modules for capacity building for the Centre and States for Human Capital formation to enhance competitiveness for successful implementation of various projects/schemes in ICT domain to cut on cost and time over run
  • About Digital India
    • The programme is envisaged by MeitY
    • It aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy
    • The programme will be implemented in phases till 2018
    • The programme has nine pillars (9 pillars of growth)
      • 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
      • Early harvest programmes
‘SEVA’ App launched
  • it stands for Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application
  • developed in house by CIL for power sector consumers
  • SEVA would increase Consumer Connect as well as Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch
  • SEVA is a part of ‘Digital India’initiative, which is aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch
  • By using this app the common man would be able to hold the Government accountable for the coal linkage allocations and would be able to check any pilferage or inefficiencies in coal consumption for power generation
  • This would, in turn, lead to rationalization of coal linkages and finally reduction in the power prices in the country
  • In near future , non-power sector mines would also be added in this App, the Minister added
  • SEVA Dashboard provides summary of quantity of coal dispatched along with grades for the given day, month, and the latest yearly updates as well