New Delhi: The government will appoint nodal officers at key ministries to ensure the smooth implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s over 1 trillion ‘Digital India’ programme.

The new post of chief information officer (CIO) would be created in at least 10 key ministries to supervise the implementation of the programme.

Additionally, a Digital India Advisory Group (DIAG) would be created, which will be headed by minister of communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“The positions of CIOs would be created in at least 10 key ministries. The department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) would also create four senior positions within the department for managing Digital India," DeitY secretary R.S. Sharma said.

The DIAG would supervise the implementation of the programme, advise the government on policy issues and strategic interventions necessary for accelerating the implementation of the programme across central and state government ministries/departments, he added.

On DeitY’s role in the initiative, Sharma said all the initiatives under the programme will be coordinated by the department.

“DeitY would provide its advice during the appraisal of the projects under the Digital India programme. This appraisal would cover issues relating to adoption of standards, utilization of cloud and mobile platform, consideration of security aspects, etc.," he added.

DeitY will also provide support to other departments in conceptualising, developing, appraising, implementing and monitoring respective mission mode projects (MMPs)/e-governance initiatives, he said.

DeitY has also created core ICT (informations and communications technology) infrastructure for government departments across India consisting of state data centres (SDC), state-wide area networks (SWAN), common service centres (CSCs), state portal and state service delivery gateways (SSDG) and mobile seva platforms which can be used by all departments for delivering their services.

The Digital India programme aims to connect all gram panchayats by broadband Internet.

Analysts feel Digital India has the potential to be one of most transformative programmes in recent times.

“Not only would it impact citizen service delivery, it would also provide the much needed impetus to the economic growth given its focus on key social and industry sectors," PwC India executive director Rakesh Kaul said.

Not only the information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services sectors, telecom, electronics manufacturing would benefit from Digital India, but “we would see positive impact on other industry sectors as well, like the power sector, and banking and financial services", he added.

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