Digitalization is an abbreviation being tossed around everyday. Its impact is seen in the current scenario. With the introduction of the digitization program by the Govt., in 2015, the movement to a digital state seemed inevitable in the near future as it focused majorly on technology as a centre to enable change. But what lies beneath of just growing digitally? The most rural areas might get an internet connection but is the vision of the future that optimistic? The article derives the aspects of what can be the future scenario of Digitalization.
Taking into account the vast opportunities that Digital India foresees, there has been a change of scenery regarding how conveniently are people willing to change their perception of the digital transformation that India is on about.
A start-off to the Digital India process commenced with AADHAR– a unique e-identification process based on a biometric and the demographic data of an individual. As per the guidelines of the Govt, it was made mandatory for every individual to link their Aadhar with the bank and then their individual mobile numbers chronically. Recently, the security of one’s data is becoming a growing concern. There being no such strong system implemented by the government that gives consumers the confidence of not being hacked or their data being misused.
Cyber-security remains to be the biggest concern that needs to be tackled. Perhaps, the latest General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an exemplary evidence of the growing concern of governments to safe-guard individual’s data. Looking to the brighter side, it might not be an issue in the long run but it definitely paves way for the introduction of more tenacious and secured systems to protect the mammoth of data being shared.
Coming back to Indian scenario, an important vision that Digital India reckoned is to get almost all of the population, even the rural areas of the nation, access to high-speed internet. To increase the number of internet users and regular usage, India needs affordable, 3G or 4G-enabled smartphones, as well as cheaper data plans with sought so decent speeds. Recent attempts by the regulator to lower voice and data costs give the reason for hope. But a government struggling with the large budget deficit is unlikely to willingly forego tax revenue.
Administratively, India is way back in digitalization. For a fast-changing world, we need the data management to be done in a fraction of a second. Data storage and retrieval are harder and tiresome in a conventional way. Once all the administrative data are digitized faster retrieval, better access and secured data management can be ensured thereby enhancing the opportunities to cope up with the fast-changing world.
The adaptation to Digital India is going bring about a lot of employment opportunities for the generation to come. But as we adopt more and more into the digital system, the vast use of Artificial Intelligence and everything digital soon will replace human involvement in the coming years. Once being constantly dependent on the technology, it will be difficult for any organization to add any employee that will bring any hindrance to the daily work. This might not be an immediate scenario but since the majority of the organization move towards the digitization process, it is going to yield results that involve replacement of the human by machines into the organization and where everything is based on cloud computing and AI.
Looking into the future aspects, the so-called Digital Transformation assumes to bring about major development to the way things work currently. The bigger picture that still remains to be disclosed is how adapting Digitalization is going to transform lives individually and the impact on the Indian economy as a whole.
The conclusion cannot be drawn as of now because the milestone becomes achievable as the Indian government strives to improve the social and economic condition of people through the development of non-agricultural economic activities apart from providing access to education, health and financial services. The overall growth and development can be realized through supporting and enhancing elements such as literacy, basic infrastructure, overall business environment, regulatory environment, etc.