SME Times News Bureau | 21 May, 2019
The Fifteenth Finance Commission
headed by Chairman N.K. Singh on Tuesday held a meeting with the Ministry of
Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on “Harnessing India’s Digital
A detailed presentation on this was
made by the Secretary, MeitY, Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney.
The Ministry held in its presentation
that the world economy was getting increasingly digital, and it detailed the
disruptive potential of digital technology which is accelerating
transition Elaborating on the digital profile of India, the
Commission was briefed by Ministry that India was standing on the verge of a
trillion dollar digital opportunity.
It was stressed that large scale
digital transformation is possible, however India can and must prepare
In its Memorandum to the Commission,
MeitY has made some specific suggestions, such that the Digital India programme
requires unprecedented IT capability for States/ UTs to achieve its objectives
and transforms India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge
The continuation of the ICT
infrastructure and capacity building schemes is vital for States/ UTs to build
ICT capability towards the implementation of the ‘Digital India’ programme. It
has asked for allocation of funds for these projects.
As the National e-Governance Plan
(NeGP) is not a Centrally Sponsored Scheme any more, the Ministry has asked for
separate funds for the NeGP Scheme.
It has proposed continuous Union
support for funding under CSS the implementation of the core ICT infrastructure
such as State Data Centres (SDC), State Wide Area Network (SWAN), State Service
Delivery Gateway (SSDG), e-Districts etc.
The Ministry has also asked the
Commission to consider the following criteria while allocation of resources and
proposing performance based incentives to States.
The Commission assured MeitY that it
would take into consideration all the issues raised by the Ministry in making
its final recommendations.