August 24, 2017

New Delhi

POINTOUT DIALOGUE FOR DIGITAL INDIA is an initiative by POINTOUT to bring about awareness on Digital Literacy of Government of India by providing a platform to all stakeholders and deliberate on the challenges that lay ahead. In its first phase, the brainstorming summit on digital literacy initiatives and vision for the future was organized in New Delhi on August 24 in which top policy makers (Union ministers and bureaucrats) and corporate heads, experts, sarpanchs and common man deliberated on issue and addressed the key challenges.

During the POINT OUT DIALOGUE, the key consensus that emerged from the deliberations of the august gathering was that digital literacy is not only the responsibility of the Government, but, also of the citizens to spread awareness and help the government’s cause.

The excerpts of the dialogue are as follows-

Manoj Sinha,

Minister of State, (Independent Charge), Ministry of Communications

Thanks to Editor-in-Chief of POINT OUT group Dr Shiv Kumar Rai for this dialogue because key recommendations of this dialogue will definitely resolve many issues related to DIGITAL INDIA.


Digital Technology is the growth engine not only for the development of the nation, but also improving the civic amenities and catering to the needs of the people in a fastest way. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji had launched the ‘Digital India’ initiative in July 2015 which had three broad targets providing Digital Infrastructure as a core utility to every citizen, Governance and Services on Demand as well as Digital empowerment of citizens. If India will lag in catching up with emerging technologies in the coming 15 to 20 years, the very existence of the country will be at stake.

Arjun Ram Meghwal

Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Corporate Affairs

Demonetization is the historic decision taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. The Prime Minister’s vision of Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhar and mobile are helping for Direct Benefit Transfer to the common man for improving the quality of common man. The Modi government stands for accountability, transparency, and provides responsive administration to the people of this country. The Prime Minister’s vision for Digital India programme to pull together many existing schemes. Government is trying to encourage digitization as much as possible because an excessive cash economy has its own social and economic costs and consequences.

Direct transfer of benefits including LPG subsidy getting directly credited to the beneficiary bank accounts, have increased transparency and efficiency in the system.


Chairman, SNK CORP & Sr. Vice President PHDCC

Digital Technology is useful to eradicate corruption. Nation has highly talented young people and India can grow by using digital technology. The government is striving hard to remove economic disparities among the people and DIGITAL INDIA will bring in more transparency and accountability.  A unique identity for every citizen is the foremost requisite for any nation. This not only identifies a person singularly but also saves him/her form the hassle of carrying the identify card at all times.

Dr Jitendra Singh

Minister of State, Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region & PMO

The objective of DIGITAL INDIA initiatives of Modi Government is to make all government services accessible to the common man in his locality. The mantra of Modi Government from first day has been Minimum Government and Maximum Governance. We just want to reduce human interface in delivering services to the people and e- Governance is playing an important role in empowering  common man.

Prime Minister launched a nationwide digital platform ‘MyGov’ to facilitate collaborative and participative governance. Anyone can share their ideas through MyGov,under the leadership and encouragement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various good governance initiatives have been undertaken. To achieve maximum Governance, it is necessary to equip the officials with the best possible digital tools to perform best to their ability.


Author of Marching With A Billion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched an app revolution. When he took over as the Prime Minster, there were less than four dozen apps of the Central Government. Now, figure had crossed 200. The app revolution started with Modi’s own app, which is a storehouse of the latest information about the government initiative.

The biggest thing about the Modi model is the basic commitment to good governance which shows in every sector. As Prime Minister, he is doing much more to ensure that there are no glitches in last-mile delivery of programmes. The intelligent use of Aadhaar Card for Direct benefit transfer is an assault on middlemen culture at subsidy distribution to the poor.


Former Sarpanch, Bibipur Village, District Jind, Haryana

The man behind #Selfiewithdaughter

Digital literacy is not just about learning to use a computer or access the internet; it can help bring about several behavioral and social changes. Panchayat members have started visiting every house to convince people to replace names of the head of the house with that of their daughters. It’s a symbolic initiative to change people’s thinking. The nameplates also bear the email IDs of the girls.

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