Topic: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
2. India’s digital divide makes the government far-flung from those who need it most, discuss the need for aggressive bridging of the digital divide to ensure access to e-governance for all.(250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why this question:
The author in the article tries to bring the lop sides of the digital bridge and in what way the gaps in the digital divide distance the needy from the State.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the need to aggressively bridge the digital divide in the country. Discuss its relevance and importance in bringing about access to e-governance.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
One can start by stating key facts/reports that highlight the digital divide in the country.
To start with, define what constitutes a digital divide. Present the Indian scenario. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the e-governance model to the people of the country, define the role of digital divide and explain why it is important to aggressively bridge it. One can present the case of COVID-19; highlight the issue of poor and the migrants who are at the receiving end.
Conclude by suggesting solutions to address the problem, highlight the efforts of the government in this direction.