Digital Bangladesh

Digital Bangladesh

Bangabandhu wanted to establish a happy and self reliant 'Sonar Bangla' (Bengal of Gold). Keeping that objective in mind, Bangladesh is marching with the time befitting 'digital' programmes. Vision-2021 aims to establish an ICT-based middle income Bangladesh. The whole nation is pledge-bound to fulfill that objective. Government believes that service for the people should be transparent and free of hassle and corruption and this service should reach people's door step within lest time. This initiative also focused on ensuring mobile phone and internet service for the people and making public information service available for the people through website.

 

Achievement

  • So far 5678 digital centres have been established that 4445 union digital centres, 388 upazila digital centres, 61 district digital centres, 321 municipal digital centres and 363 city digital centres. Nearly 200 online services are available from these centres.
  • Rural e-commerce activities have been started through the digital centres set up throughout the country.
  • With the expansion of digital technology at present the number of mobile phone subscribers in the country is 120 million and internet user is 50 million.
  • The 'National Web Portal' comprising 43 thousands websites, which is the largest web portal in the world is launched.
  • National e-infokoshhas been created in Bangla language so that one can find all type of information relating to life and professions.
  • Multimedia classrooms have been set up in 23,331 secondary and 4,500 primary schools.
  • E-book platform is created to ensure the online availability of textbooks from class one to class ten.
  • Publishing the public exam results and receiving applications through internet and smshave been started under the digital programme.
  • A one billion taka project called 'Digital Land Record Room Service Project' has been taken to digitalize all the land records of the country.
  • E-filing system has been initiated in government offices.
  • E-payment and online banking service are now available.
  • Up to December 2015 Bangladesh Postal Department sent 69.25 billion taka to the clients through electronic money transfer.
  • It has become possible to deposit, withdraw and transfer money including shopping from selective outlets by postal cash card functional.
  • Any citizen can take health related necessary advice through digital health service, tele medicine etc.
  • Bangladesh Railway has initiated online and mobile ticketing services.
  • Under the digitalization programme online payment of utility bills, e-TIN registration and tax payment have become possible.
  • Law-suits are being disposed off by digital mobile court.
  • To make Hajj management more effective, easy and systematic online Hajj Management has been started.
  • To disseminate agriculture related latest technology, service and information among the people 'Agri Call Centere' has been set up.
  • To provide all type of forms in one place 'Form Portal' has been created.
  • To country earned US$ 125 million from IT sector.
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received ICT Sustainable Development Award for the outstanding contribution to Country's IT sector.

 

Future Planning

  • The cost of ICT research and development should be raised to 1% of GDP from 0.6%.
  • Foreign earnings from ICT and Tourism sector would be increased to US$ 2.60 billion from US$ 1.50 billion.
  • Broadband coverage would be increased to 35% from existing 30%.
  • Establish more digital centres at union, upazila, district and city level and expansion of service area of the same.
  • More computer labs would be established at primary level.
  • Implement 100% e-GP in all city corporations, UpazilaParishad and Municipalities including LGED headquarters.
  • Ensure 100% birth and death registration.