COVID is helping Digital India dream

It was announced as one of the dreams to have whole India digitalized. Many initiatives were taken for the same and some ended up in failure and some turned out really well. It is one of the biggest projects of the government. I'm not going to comment too much on the political aspects of this but I'm personally a big fan of digitalizing things. Being a developer working on many automation projects, I have always fascinated about this digital India concept as well. I somehow see a relation between digitalization and automation. I don't know what makes me think that way but I see some relation.

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As part of digitalization process there are a few things that are getting digitalized naturally.

Online classes for the kids

As most of the schools and colleges are not functioning now because of the lockdown, online classes are gaining popularity. This is not the first time someone is experimenting online classes. I have known it from the past where open scooling system provides an opportunity for online classes. There have been kids persuing their education full time with the help of open schooling where the sessions will always be an online session. It was an optional thing but right now due to COVID lockdown this has become a way of learning these days.

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All the teachers and students are given the required training to make online classes their comfortable way of learning these days. This was also part of the Digital India initiative where schools and colleges were more and more digitalized to make it easier and modernized for everyone. Digital learning is good but it can never replace the presence of a teacher and learning from them. It is like a physical book that always gives more pleasure while reading than a kindle or a ebook.

People are scared to touch currency notes

People are scared right now for many things because of the consequences of COVID. One such thing is touching the currency notes. Two days back I went for a haircut and the shop keeper refused to accept cash. He told me that the only method of payment is through online transfer or cards. Even when I gave my card, it was literally washed with hand sanitizer before it was used in the machine. Good to see that people are more cautious.

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But here what I see is that more and more people have started using digital currencies and the cirulation of physical currencies are going down. This also gives an opportunity for new comers to join the digitalization of money transactions. Some shop keepers are forced to use bank accounts and fund transfer instead of handling the currency notes directly. I guess this will continue for some more weeks or even months and that can be a great step towards digitalization.

I really wish digitalization is appreciated like this even after everything settles down and digital currencies become popular and the value pumps. We cannot predict anything but can hope it will happen some day.


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