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  • Mansi Gupta
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    Digital divide refers to the gap between those with regular, effective access to digital and information technology, and those without this access. It encompasses both physical access to technology hardware and, more broadly, skills and resources which allow for its use. Factors like gender, physical disability, physical access, age, access to the contents, and lack of ICT skills contribute to the digital divide. Digital libraries can address the issue of bridging the knowledge divide in developing nations, attempt is made to highlight some initiatives taken in India by building digital libraries and bridge this gap. The fruits of Information Technology sector such as the Internet blue chips, online shopping and nanosecond email have failed to cure century-old malaises like illiteracy, poverty and unemployment in India. The infrastructural bottleneck that includes electricity, IT penetration, tele-density and Internet industry, and its enabling policies to transform India as a knowledge society are responsible for this. There are various technology options for connectivity, viz. terrestrial wireless, satellite, wireline, etc. and presents snap shots of select successful projects that made an impact in helping to bridge digital divide in India, viz. passenger reservation system, Akashganga, Akshaya e-centres, Bhoomi, Kisan Call centre, Gyandoot Project, TDIL and Digital Libraries etc. Digitalization can further help in creating awareness among citizens about universal access to public services. Digitalization can play a key role in skill development creating more job opportunities, better wages. Reduced digital divide will lead to digital reforms creating more access to land, less speculations and hence better housing. JAN –DHAN-ADHAR MOBILE, digital cash are other initiatives towards reducing digital divide and thereby contributing to SDG-9

    Bhavya Malhotra
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    The 100 Smart Cities programme holds promise, but key to success will be effective implementation and availability of finances. The government of India plans to provide seed capital, but identified cities must access suitable expertise and financing to accomplish the activities.
    India’s 13th Finance Commission has estimated that the collection efficiency for property taxes, a key revenue source, stands at a low 37 per cent. This phenomenon has precluded cities from providing even the most basic public services to their citizens.
    Do you think this objectives will be achieved in a desirable time frame with sustained results?

    Shruti
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    The 3I’s to understand SDG-9 is:
    Industry
    Innovation
    and Infrastructure
    India is growing, and progressing towards it. Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in India now. Quality infrastructure is positively related to the achievement of social, economic and political goals.
    The 100 Smart Cities programme holds promise, but key to success will be effective implementation and availability of finances. The government of India plans to provide seed capital, but identified cities must access suitable expertise and financing to accomplish the activities. The likely government contribution to each identified smart city shall be about US$162.7 million (INR10 billion) over 10-year-period, which means that these cities have to rely on innovative financing and equity participation from other stakeholders in order to realise the dream of a smart city. JAN –DHAN-ADHAR and MOBILE is also an initiative like this.
    My point is: Somehow we are stepping towards this and the initiative have been taken to bring this forward.

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