“Netizen as an Empowered citizen”, honorable Prime Minister while sharing his dream of a Digital India envisioned us with the following key points that, “I dream of a Digital India where high-speed Digital Highways unite the Nation, 1.2 billion connected Indians drive Innovation, knowledge is strength- and empowers the People, Access to Information Knows no barrier, Government is Open- and Governance Transparent, technology ensures the citizen-government interface is incorruptible, Government services are easy and efficiently available to citizens on Mobile devices, Government proactively engages with the people through social media, quality education, quality healthcare, real time information to farmers, personal security, national security, e- Commerce and much more.
And in no time this government works with respect to whatever aspects discussed above, be it the grand launch of flagship programme Digital India under which some of the facilities are provided through the initiatives like Bharat net, Digital Locker, e-education, e-health, e-sign, national scholarship portal, UMANG, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan, and a lot more. With no doubt we find a complete change in every sphere of life, be it governance, administration, education, health, banking etc.
The Government had run this agenda to make people digitally literate so that they remain informative, accountable, think rationally, modernize themselves and stay updated in every walk of life. This ultimately results in increase in the penetration of internet users in the country, a report by Internet and Mobile association of India(IAMAI) reveals that there are 451million monthly active internet users in India by the end of Financial year2019, and India is now second only to China in terms of Internet users. Another report by McKinsey Global Institute reveals that Indian mobile data users consume 8.3GB of data each month on an average and this sector too has the potential to jump to USD 355- 435 billion by 2025.
It all shows how much we are dependent on the internet of things and make it a way of life. Now we all are leaning towards a life which we call as ease of living where we got wake up by newsfeed of Face book or Whatsapp messages. Our behavioral instinct turns to be so dependent on it that we can now stay without eating for a day or two but living without internet is something quite not acceptable. It’s all because of the gravity of the trend and everyone wants to follow it because it is necessary.
Now imagine a day without internet, the online businesses have to announce a day off , even the offline services can’t afford it, efficiency of hospitals saw a slow down, students find themselves in a stagnant position, media, banks, startups, tourism firms and the common man also have to bear a whole day frustration and stress, because internet turns to be our behavioral necessity.
So how could you think of the people to stay calm where the internet facility is rooted out for not less than three and a half month, yes I am talking about your new adopted baby the UT Jammu and Kashmir, and seriously this time we were behaved like the step child of India.
The youth is accepting the abrogation of article 370 with the hope that now something good will happen and we are able to fulfill the gap where we are lagging, because they accept the view of liberalization, privatization and globalization and have hopes on the investors to came to this place to invest and start their startups and cyber hubs, the growing employment opportunities, enhanced human capital, skill centers and a lot much aspirations they have from all this.
Now tell me if I don’t have a basic right to internet then how could I stay updated, how could I got to know the new innovation, new skill and what is going around me. You invest a lot much to make common people digitally literate and now all turns to be obsolete.
Then it comes to promising startups, a live example is zomato, a food delivery startup and we all know what happens to zomato in Jammu. Now who will come here Uber, Ola etc will never think of coming here.
Don’t play with the emotions of youth; you make us dream smart city, cyber parks, high-tech institutes, medi-city, and now restoring us to level of mere unskilled professional. You promised it and now we command you to make it happen. Before everything it’s an appeal to let us enjoy our basic right to internet.