New Delhi: The government has formed a G20 Task Force on Digital Public Infrastructure to leverage India’s achievements in the digital arena to advance global efforts aimed at financial inclusion, healthcare and education, aware of the issue. People said on Monday.
The task force will be headed by the G20 Sherpas. Amitabh Kant and entrepreneurs Nandan NilekaniIt will create a detailed map of India’s digital infrastructure in finance, health, education, data, taxation, digital commerce and mobility and shortlist key infrastructure to be adopted by various G20 countries, the people said. Can be presented in tracks.
India has already said that its G20 presidency will focus on bridging the digital divide, especially in developing countries, and ensuring maximum benefits from digital technologies. At the last G20 summit in Indonesia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged other leaders of the bloc of 20 major economies to commit to working towards digital inclusion in the next decade. He said that the principle of “Data for Development” would be an integral part of the overall theme of “One Land, One Family, One Future” during India’s presidency.
“G20 Task Force on Digital Public Infrastructure for Economic Transformation, Financial Inclusion and Development” to achieve India’s G20 Presidency agenda on digital public infrastructure, financial inclusion, digital identity, innovative technology-based services such as digital payments systems. I will help. UPI, and the governance framework, people said.
Other members of the task force will be the Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs, Financial Services, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Ministry of External Affairs, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India, CEO of UIDAI, Managing Director. National Payments Corporation of India and Chief Economic Adviser.
India’s G20 presidency provides an opportunity to shape and steer the global dialogue on key economic and development issues, the people said. An important enabler for growth is technology-led economic growth. In this context, people pointed to India’s digital public infrastructure for accessing services in finance, health, education, e-governance and taxation.
“The digital revolution through the JAM trinity (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) has not only empowered the people but also given access to the poor directly into their bank accounts,” said an Economic Ministry official, requesting anonymity. I have created an infrastructure to provide cash subsidy.” The government has effectively used Jan Dhan bank accounts, Aadhaar identification and mobile connectivity to provide support to the poor without any leakages.
Given the government’s focus on a people-centric agenda at the G20, the Indian side is keen to present domestic developments in digital to be adopted by other countries or used as a guiding framework, the people said. He added that this would require a focus on mobilizing the support of other G20 members, including members of the G7.
Areas of focus include publicly owned digital goods such as digital identity, access to bank services, fast retail payment systems, and data sharing protocols, market-friendly techno-legal regulatory frameworks, and private sector innovation and service delivery. Including sector. people said.
He said the task force’s work will also facilitate the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) Working Group in the Finance Track of the G20 and the Digital Working Group (DEWG) in the Sherpa Track.
“Government is committed to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge-based economy by digital access, inclusion, empowerment and bridging the digital divide. Digital infrastructure is its backbone. In the age of Covid, the world has India’s competence in this area has been recognized when technology like CO-WIN was used in the world’s largest vaccination programme,” the official said above.
Besides mapping India’s digital infrastructure, the task force will identify potential global collaborations to ensure faster inclusion in emerging economies, better targeting of financial initiatives, increased market competition and protection of individual privacy.
The task force will also assess the readiness of the Indian ecosystem to support global efforts and propose solutions to take innovation to other countries in a timely manner, and India’s digital public infrastructure within the G20 and other mechanisms. will help formulate strategies to build support for . The task force will guide the work of the G20 working groups for a joint meeting of finance and digital ministers, the people said.
Speaking at the last G20 summit, Modi said digital technologies are critical to tackling challenges like poverty, climate change and health. “India’s experience over the last few years has shown us that if we make the digital architecture inclusive, it can bring socio-economic change. Digital use can bring scale and speed,” he said.
CO-WIN, an open platform for registration, appointment scheduling and vaccination certificate management, has registered 110 crore people and facilitated the administration of 220 crore doses. Similarly, India’s digital payment system has attracted the interest of many countries. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has onboarded 376 banks and facilitated transactions worth Rs 730 crore. ₹11.9 lakh crore.