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How Digital Divide in the county affects Covid 19 Vaccination Drive of the young India? Critically examine while suggesting solutions to address the gap.

Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

2. How Digital Divide in the county affects Covid 19 Vaccination Drive of the young India? Critically examine while suggesting solutions to address the gap. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article explains that the CoWin portal, which was opened for registration for the 18-44 age groups on May 1, has come under the scanner for its potential to exclude those on the other side of the digital divide given that registration is mandatory.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain how Digital Divide in the county affects Covid 19 Vaccination Drive of the young India.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the problem in question.

Body:

First explain about the digital divide in question.

Discuss how the digital divide is generating wider gaps in the vaccination drive.

a sizeable population struggles to get a shot at the life-saving vaccine — some in the absence of an Internet-enabled smartphone, some due to ignorance of the registration process, some for not knowing the only language (English) the portal is available in, and the rest, in navigating through the complex multi-step journey on the portal for freezing a slot despite having the means.

Suggest what needs to be done to address the solution.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.