to all sections of society
Working Group envisions Information Technology
providing a unique and new opportunity to improve economic status
of all sections of society. While on one hand IT Industry is perceived
to be a major facilitator in creation of wealth by way of India
emerging as a global IT Superpower by 2008, on the other hand it
offers new opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurship
to large number of people who are otherwise not able to participate
in economic activities in a major way.
solutions to problems in social sector
Group perceives IT addressing age old problems in the field of education,
health, rural development, poverty alleviation, employment etc. and
being a major facilitator for information transparency, good governance,
empowerment, participative management and grass root democracy.
No one required to
visit government office for day-to-day work by 2005
100 million Internet
connections and 1 million IT Kiosks
|In a country
like India, where a common man has to deal with some government agency
or other virtually on a day-to-day basis, the most visible impact
of IT on the life of a common man will be felt if no one may be required
to visit a government office for day-to-day work and instead have
all such interactions with government and its agencies through Internet.
This may, however be realizable only if all day-to-day functions of
the government are e-enabled on one hand and on the other hand Internet/
IT services be accessible to the common man in all parts of the country.
Towards this end, Working Group would like the country to have at
least 100 million Internet connections, and one million Internet enabled
IT Kiosks (for those who may not be able to afford Internet from homes/
offices) to enable a common man to have access to Internet/ IT services.
Working Group believes that this vision is fully realizable by 2008
with large scale participation of private sector and self-employed
people in unorganized sector.
to facilitate Digital Unite
|One of the
other major advantages of Internet is that it enables communities
all over the world to interact with each other even through live Chat
sessions. This will help in bringing people with diverse cultures
and traditions to know about each other. Once, the use of IT reaches
this level in the country, it will emerge as a means of Digital Unite
instead of Digital Divide that many people are afraid IT will create
and Empowering the people
The overall theme of the Working Group, therefore,
revolves around the steps required to be taken by government to
ensure enabling and empowerment of people to facilitate mass scale
spread of IT and its benefits in the country.