Two of the most significant goals under the Digital India initiative are: establishing e-governance, and making important government information available to citizens. If we talk about the technology that can be used effectively to achieve these goals, the Drupal CMS, because of its open-source format and abundant features can be deemed as an ideal choice . Interestingly, the CMS has been used by governments across the world to serve their citizens better. Significant examples of government websites built on Drupal include the official website of the White House, websites of the Australian government, and the French government official portal. Let us see what features of the CMS can allow the accomplishment of some of the goals under the Digital India programme effectively:
Availability of Powerful Distributions:- Drupal’s distribution packages aid in quick development of websites serving specific goals. Interestingly, some of the distribution packages of the CMS can be used to serve the objectives of Digital India, too. For instance, the DKAN distribution package makes it possible for governments to publish and share data with website visitors, thereby letting the Digital India campaign achieve its commitment to providing information to all.
Another example of a relevant distribution package is that of Drupal Commons, which allows the building of flexible online communities and also enables cross-agency collaborations. The distribution, thus, can be used effectively for making e-governance portals that call for citizen to government interaction and interaction within government departments. Unsurprisingly, the distribution has been used by notable government websites such as the website of the US general services administration.
Multi Lingual Support:- With the lingual diversity of India, it is a must for an Indian government portal or website to be available in multiple Indian languages. Drupal with its in-built multi lingual support and modules such as the Indic script module (that supports phonetic typing for nine major Indian languages for the end- user), makes itself an ideal candidate for building online platforms for the Indian government. Moreover, the feature of multi lingual support can be tapped to full advantage for setting up digital platforms for village panchayats, which is another of Digital India’s goals.
Accessibility:- Considering the significance of the internet in our lives, governments across the world are working towards ensuring its accessibility to their disabled citizens. India too can take a step forward in this direction by making government portals disabled-friendly. By tapping relevant Drupal Modules and theming guidelines for making accessible websites, the Digital India initiative can reach one of the most ignored section of society, ie the disabled, too.
Considering the above-mentioned features provided by the Drupal platform, we can very well see how the platform makes for an ideal choice for building websites and portals that serve the significant goals of the Digital India initiative. We hope the ambassadors of the significant initiative hear us out and use the power of the Drupal CMS to its full effect.