The National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 

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Topic :  GS Paper 2 - Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

 The National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 seeks to unlock the transformative power of digital communications networks - to achieve the goal of digital empowerment and well being of the people of India; and towards this end, attempts to outline a set of goals, initiatives, strategies and intended policy outcomes.

The National Communications Policy aims to accomplish the following Strategic Objectives by 2022:

Provisioning of Broadband for All

Creating 4 Million additional jobs in the Digital Communications sector

Enhancing the contribution of the Digital Communications sector to 8% of India’s GDP from ~ 6% in 2017

Propelling India to the Top 50 Nations in the ICT Development Index of ITU from 134 in 2017

Enhancing India’s contribution to Global Value Chains

Ensuring Digital Sovereignty

Missions of National Digital Communication Policy-2018

In pursuit of accomplishing these objectives by year 2022, the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018 envisages three Missions:

Connect India: Creating Robust Digital Communications Infrastructure

To promote Broadband for All as a tool for socio-economic development,While ensuring service quality and environmental sustainability.

Propel India: Enabling Next Generation Technologies and Services through

Investments, Innovation and IPR generation

To harness the power of emerging digital technologies, including 5G, AI, IoT, Cloud and Big Data to enable provision of future ready products and services; and to catalyse the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) by promoting Investments, Innovation and IPR.

Secure India: Ensuring Sovereignty, Safety and Security of Digital Communications

 To secure the interests of citizens and safeguard the digital sovereignty of India with a focus on ensuring individual autonomy and choice, data ownership, privacy and security; while recognizing data as a crucial economic resource.

Topic: GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.