Digital India is facing challenges on many fronts, says Assocham-Deloitte report

Digital India is facing challenges on many fronts, says Assocham-Deloitte report
  1. Digital India is facing challenges on many fronts, says Assocham-Deloitte report
    The Centre's ambitious Digital India programme is facing multiple challenges in successful implementation due to lack of clarity in policies and infrastructural bottlenecks, according to a report. The post Digital India is facing challenges on many fronts, says Assocham-Deloitte report appeared first on…

The Centre’s ambitious Digital India programme is facing multiple challenges in successful implementation due to lack of clarity in policies and infrastructural bottlenecks, according to a report.

The issues pertaining to taxation and other regulatory guidelines have proved to be roadblocks in advancing with the programme, while contracting challenges also played a spoilsport, the joint report by Assocham-Deloitte said.

“Some of the common policy hurdles include lack of clarity in FDI policies, which have impacted the growth of e-commerce. Transport services like Uber have had frequent run-ins with local governments due to legacy policy frameworks which have not become attuned to the changing business landscape,” it said.

Moreover, many request for proposals (RFPs) issued by the government are not being picked up by competent private sector organisations since they are not commercially viable, the report added.

“The biggest challenge faced by Digital India programme is the slow/delayed infrastructure development. Spectrum availability in Indian metros is about a tenth of the same in cities in developed countries. This has put a major roadblock in providing high speed data services,” it said.

The joint study observed that for the Digital India to have a large scale impact on citizens across the nation, the digital divide needs to be addressed through last mile connectivity in remote rural areas, as currently, over 55,000 villages remain deprived of mobile connectivity.

“This is largely due to the fact that providing mobile connectivity in such locations is not commercially viable for service providers,” it added.

The report estimated that India needs over 80 lakh hotspots as against the availability of about 31,000 hotspots at present to reach the global level of one Wi-Fi hotspot penetration for every 150 people.

“For digital technology to be accessible to every citizen, significant efforts are needed to customise apps and services to cater to local needs. Finding vendors who can provide such applications has become a challenge,” the report pointed out.

With proliferation of cloud-based services like DigiLocker, data security has emerged as a major challenge, revealed the report.

To enable development of digital infrastructure, it said that a uniform (Right of Way) RoW policy across all states…

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