- Open Network Digital Commerce: It is an open-source network set up to enable buyers and sellers to transact with each other irrespective of the e-commerce platform on which either of them are registered. It will enable local commerce across segments, such as mobility, grocery, food order and delivery, hotel booking and travel, among others, to be discovered and engaged by any network-enabled application. It is an initiative of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
- To promote open networks for all aspects of the exchange of goods and services over digital or electronic networks.
- To create new opportunities, curb digital monopolies and support micro, small and medium enterprises and small traders and help them get on online platforms.
- It seeks to democratise digital or electronic commerce, moving it from a platform-centric model to an open-network.
- It offers small retailers an opportunity to provide their services, and goods to buyers across the country through an e-commerce system.
- It enables merchants to save their data to build credit history and reach consumers.
- It is expected to digitise the entire value chain, promote inclusion of suppliers, derive efficiencies in logistics and enhance value for consumers.
- Quantum Internet: A quantum internet would be a network of quantum computers, sensors, and communication devices that will create, process, and transmit quantum states and entanglement. It is anticipated to enhance society’s internet system and provide certain services and securities that the current internet does not have. The purpose of the quantum internet is not to replace the internet we know today, but to instead create a co-existent network that can be used to solve specific types of problems. Quantum computers use fundamental units of information similar to the bits used in classical computing. These are called “qubits.” However, unlike conventional computer bits—which convey information as a 0 or 1—qubits convey information through a combination of quantum states, which are unique conditions found only on the subatomic scale. Qubits are not either 0 or 1, but rather both and neither, in a quantum phenomenon called superposition..
- Kilkari programme: ‘Kilkari’ is a centralised interactive voice response (IVR) based mobile health service. It delivers free, weekly, time-appropriate 72 audio messages about pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare directly to families’ mobile phones from the second trimester of pregnancy until the child is one year old. Women who are registered in the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) portal based on the woman’s LMP (last menstrual period) or the child’s DoB (Date of Birth), receive a weekly call with pre-recorded audio content directly to the mobile phones of pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of one year. Kilkari audio messages are present in the form of the voice of a fictitious doctor character called Dr. Anita.
It is centrally hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) for all the States/UTs and no further investment in the technology, telephony infrastructure or operational costs is required to be borne by States/UTs.This service is FREE of cost for States/UTs and beneficiaries.Currently, Kilkari is under implementation in 18 States / UTs of India.