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No card, only hard cash for President nomination in Digital India

Despite the Centre’s push for digital payments post demonetisation, candidates who wish to be president have to pay Rs 15,000 in cash. Under the rules, candidate have to deposit the amount with the returning officer while filing their nomination papers for the post. A bank official sitting there would count and check the notes, sources said. The candidate can also deposit the cash at the Reserve Bank of India, enclosing […]

A Billion Identities At Risk As PM Modi Widens Digital Reach

Shivam Shankar Singh woke last month to an e-mail from an Indian government department. It had a name, address, mobile phone number and bank account with a code for money transfers and investments made in a dairy farm. None of the details were his. The e-mail contained details submitted to a program that collects personal and biometric data, and was meant for someone from the eastern state of Bihar. Singh, […]

Digital India? 950 million Indians do not have Internet, says study

In what could come as a big surprise despite the government’s ‘Digital India’ initiative and the recent push for digital payment following the demonetisation move, a new study has found that 950 million Indians do not have the Internet A study by Assocham and Deloitte found that nearly a billion Indians do not have internet connection. A reality check when the government is promoting Digital India and is aiming to […]

Pune: Passport office in Mundhwa has no cashless facility

At a time when the central government is going all out to encourage cashless transactions across the country, it seems some government offices might have missed the memo. One of them is the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) in Mundhwa where, according to Wanowrie resident Deepika Sampat, there is no cashless facility for the public. Sampat, who had made an online payment prior to her visit to the passport office, said […]

Mark Zuckerberg changes his profile picture to Indian tricolour to support Digital India​

Showing support for Digital India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg changed his Facebook profile picture to Indian tricolour. Zuckerberg has written in the caption of the photo, “I changed my profile picture to support Digital India, the Indian government’s effort to connect rural communities to the internet and give people access to more services online. Looking forward to discussing this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Facebook today. Show your support […]

Digital India: The challenges facing Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated “India Digital Week“, aimed at reinvigorating an $18bn campaign to strengthen India’s digital infrastructure. The initiative introduces nine “pillars” that the government will expand on, in its push to try to bridge the country’s digital divide. Prashanto K Roy explains the significance of each pillar and what challenges the government faces in trying to implement them. Broadband Highways Digital India aims to have broadband […]