In order to boost Internet access and governance in remote and rural areas of the country, the Department of Information Technology and Electronics has come up with Hindi language domain names. The domains will be launched on 15th August, on the eve of the country’s 67th Independence Day.
.Bharat written in Devanagari script will be launched on 15th August 2014 and as a result of it the PMO website (pmindia.nic.in) can then be accessed using the Devanagari characters (Pradhanmantri.Bharat – www.प्रधानमंत्री.भारत).
The government has reserved Sarkar.Bharat and Shiksha.Bharat for itself and the educational institutions respectively. The government has also directed the Union Territories and states to register their respective names under the .Bharat domain name.
The policy framework which was required for the implementation of .Bharat country code top level domain has been completed beforehand in collaboration with various governmental agencies like the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing and the National Internet Exchange of India.
Internet has now become a global resource and is instrumental in the socio-economic development of a country. Our very own Prime Minister had long ago realized the power of it and is an avid user of social media and Internet himself. Native languages also play a crucial role in a country like ours and government’s this initiative is surely going to help the half a billion Hindi speaking people in the country.
This initiative by the government is all set to benefit people who could not access the Internet using the English characters and have Hindi as their first language. The government has plans of launching this service in Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Gujrati and Punjabi in the near future.
The .IN Registery, which is a nodal agency of the National Internet Exchange of India, is even encouraging the various government departments, business organisations and public sector undertakings to adopt the .Bharat domain in order to increase their Internet engagement.
This initiative will help in bringing the people living in rural and remote areas of the country nearer to the centre and will help in bridging the digital divide that is prevalent right now.