Success of Digital India Hinges on Net Neutrality Policy: A government policy that protects net neutrality is critical for the success of its Rs 1.13 lakh crore Digital India process of its ` gram as any sort of prioritizing, throttling or blocking of the Web would stifle the digital ecosystem in the country.
According to experts, preserving an open internet will prove to be the true test of whether the Narendra Modi government is able to execute its vision of Digital India.
"The PM spoke of creating more Googles and successful start-ups in the country under the Digital India initiative and that can only happen if the Internet is neutral," said Nikhil Pahwa Founder, Editor & Publisher, Medianama.com. He added that at the core of Digital India lies the development of the digital ecosystem in terms of apps and app-based government services, as well as free and equal access to all these for consumers across the country .
"Any move to throttle access or create hurdles towards development of start-ups working on apps will hit at the essence of net neutrality, " Pahwa added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Digital India project is aimed at broadening digital access for Indians and making sure government functions and services are available online to citizens. It hopes to launch a number of health, education and governance initiatives digitally in an attempt to deliver the essential services to all citizens even in far-flung areas