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6) Discuss the objectives of the Draft National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. Also discuss how it aims to achieve the objective of digital sovereignty.(250 words) 

Topic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

6) Discuss the objectives of the Draft National Digital Communications Policy, 2018. Also discuss how it aims to achieve the objective of digital sovereignty.(250 words) 

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Why this question

Growth of digital technologies, and their increased adoption and integration into our daily lives necessitates revising our Nation Telecommunication Policy. With over a billion mobile phones and half a billion internet users, India’s mobile data consumption is already the highest in the world. In order to capitalize the growing digital penetration, adoption and integration. The Draft National Digital Communications Policy (DNDCP) , 2018 was recently released  in this direction, to gather public comments and suggestions. The issue is related to GS 3 syllabus under the following heading-

Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to enlist and briefly describe the objectives of DNDCP, 2018 and also explain how it aims to achieve one of its key objectives- digital sovereignty.

Directive word

Discuss- we have to write  about all the stated objectives of DNDCP and also write in detail about the strategy it envisages to  achieve digital sovereignty.

Structure of the answer

Introduction-  mention the increased  proliferation of the mobile phone, the internet, social media platforms, digital payments, data consumption and generation across India. Also mention the emergence of digital technologies as an enabler and determinant of a country’s well being.

Body

  • Enlist in points and briefly describe the objectives of DNDCP-

E.g Provisioning of Broadband for All 2. Creating 4 Million additional jobs in the Digital Communications sector 3. Enhancing the contribution of the Digital Communications sector to 8% of India’s GDP from ~ 6% in 2017 4. Propelling India to the Top 50 Nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017 5. Enhancing India’s contribution to Global Value Chains 6. Ensuring Digital Sovereignty.

  1. Discuss in points the strategy envisaged to achieve the objective of ensuring digital sovereignty.

E.g Establish a strong, flexible and robust Data Protection Regime, Provide Autonomy and Choice for every citizen and enterprise, Assure Security of Digital Communications, Participating in global standard setting organisations to ensure consideration for local needs of the Indian communications industry etc.

Conclusion–  Form a balanced, concise and fair opinion on the DNDCP.