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Elaborate upon  the prospects of transforming rural India with the help of digital technologies.

Topic:  Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

4. Elaborate upon  the prospects of transforming rural India with the help of digital technologies.(250 words)

Reference:  weforum.org 

Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper III.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the prospects of transforming rural India with the help of digital technologies in detail.

Directive:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by highlighting the fact that ICT is becoming the facilitator of socio-economic development in rural India with its obvious facilities by way of health, education, financial services and employment avenues, etc. 

Body:

Explain what prospects digital technologies hold in general for India and direct the discussion to focus on its contributions to the rural India in particular. Explain how it can help the bridge gaps by providing ‘e’ and ‘m’ services. Discuss various offerings that ICT makes to the rural India – With respect to empowerment, enablement, market expansion etc. Comment on the Government steps to provide e-aid to farmers.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.