Almost everyone on Facebook is changing their profile pictures to support digital India but making it a reality has proved to be more challenging than we had anticipated; here is a list of challenges in implementing digital India.
Challenges are encountered in every sector, right from policymaking, changing the workflow to changing a government officers’ mentality. It is a technological change within the most diversified nation. A few of them have been listed below:
1.High level of digital illiteracy:
Digital illiteracy is prevalent in most of the towns and villages in India. Cities have adopted digitalization but are limited to a certain extent. Full-fledged digitalization is cashless transactions daily, use of internet services to get government certificates. This requires administration changes, taxation changes, and a change in public mentality. So it’s teamwork which includes citizen’s responsibility and support from the government for the new system.
2.Connectivity to remote areas:
It is a mammoth task to have connectivity with every village, town, and city. The problem of connectivity is a complex issue because every state has different laws about its execution. Also, it is challenging for the central authorities to make a database where that can store such huge information.
3.Compatibility with center state databases:
Every state has different internet protocols because every state is diverse in its own way. Diversification is not only in the sense of religion but also in language. Hence software compatibility with the center is a crucial issue. Information shall be saved carefully.
There is a cyber threat all over the globe, and digital India will not be any exception. Hence we need a strong anti-cybercrime team that maintains the database and protects it round the clock
5.Interdepartmental Coordination for Digital India:
Within the government, the responsible authorities should integrate various departments. Integration has technical as well as a corporate issue. Corporate, in a sense, self-ego of our government services officers and staff is a hurdle in the change. Also, the government will eliminate the middle man policy because of digital India. Hence there will be imminent resistance from the working staff.
Though there are resources within India, there is a huge capital cost that is to be invested, and India will receive the fruits of the investment after a few years.
The issue is still on the table, and we are blindly following digital India. Net neutrality is a must, and we should realize that digital India without net neutrality would be a great blow to India’s entrepreneurs and citizens.
8.Changing the mindset:
This point will come into the picture when you have allocated the required resources and material, but most of them will be hesitant to change when it comes to implementing them. People are accustomed to years of the same practice and are probably not ready to change.
9.Exchange of information:
The information stored should also be used by other government offices. For example, one can easily resolve police, surveillance, and other security issues with digital India, but its co-ordination is a mammoth task. It is not only a technological question but also deals with the question of privacy and security.
We all support Digital India, but we should be aware of the dangers and setbacks to prepare ourselves for the upcoming challenge. We should be mentally prepared for the changes and challenges in implementing the policy; only then would it be possible to change it to reality.