National Digital Communication Policy – 2018

  • The erstwhile National Digital Communication Policy 2012 was replaced by National Digital Communication Policy 2018.
  • It is to promote the scheme of ‘Digital India’ to build a robust digital economy and last mile internet connectivity.

Key Features:

  • To Provide every citizen broadband connectivity at 50 Mbps.
  • Provide 1Gbps Connectivity to all gram panchayats by 2020 and 10 Gbps by 2022.
  • Special Focus a unconnected areas especially rural.
  • To Create a new data protection regime to safeguard the right to privacy of consumers.
  • To Integrate population with the global digital economy.
  • To attract investments of USD 100 billion in the digital communications sector.
  • Train one-million-man power for building New Age Skill.
  • To Foster Internet of things ecosystem to 5 Billion connected devices.
  • Enforce Accountability through appropriate institutional mechanism to assure citizen of safe and secure digital communications infrastructure and services.

Digital Divide (Need for Digital literacy)

  • It refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communication technology and those don’t have or restricted access.
  • In India the Digital Divide is high, in regional context the urban area has more digitally literate citizens than rural counter parts.
  • To Bridge this gap government of India has launched ‘Digital India’, a comprehensive scheme to cover all the aspects from banking, education etc.
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