The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a blueprint for theDigital India programme, which envisages all government services be delivered electronically by 2018. It also seeks to provide unique identities to all citizens.
The programme aims to “bring public accountability through mandated delivery of government services electronically” and provide a “unique ID and e-Pramaan, based on authentic and standards-based interoperable and integrated government applications and data bases”.
Digital India would provide “high-speed internet as a core utility” down to the Gram Panchayat level and a “cradle-to-grave digital identity — unique, lifelong, online and authenticable”, said an official statement, adding the unique IDs would facilitate identification, authentication and delivery of benefits.
The statement steered clear of mentioning Aadhaar. It is felt if the government plans to use the services of the Unique Identification Authority of India, which has already registered about 660 million Indian residents, it will provide a major boost to the project.
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