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The Digitize India Platform (DIP) that used to provide part-time employment for digitising old documents was closed by the government in 2019

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A video is being shared on social media claiming that the Government of India’s new Digitize India Platform (DIP) initiative is offering a part-time income of Rs. 5000 for digitizing the old government documents. This post claims that people with basic computer knowledge and holding Aadhaar card, bank account, internet access and a smart device can register in the program and earn part-time income by just working 2 to 3 hours for the government. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.  

Claim: The Government of India’s Digitize India Platform (DIP) is providing part-time income for digitizing old government documents.

Fact: The Government of India closed the Digitize India Platform (DIP) program on 30 March 2019, based on the Project Review Steering Group (PRSG) recommendations. Currently, the government is not running this DIP program for digitizing old government documents. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

When we searched to check whether the Government of India is running any such initiative providing part-time income for digitizing the government’s old documents, we found that the Government of India had launched the Digitize India Platform (DIP) in August 2015, under the Digital India campaign. The Digitize India Platform (DIP) is an initiative of the Government of India under the Digital India Programme to provide digitization services for scanned document images or physical documents for any organization. But the official website (archived) of the Digitize India Platform is not active now.

The main objective of this project is to provide an end-to-end workflow-based IT framework for the digitization of Government records to enhance service delivery to the citizen and to empower numerous self-identified volunteers, part-time workers, housewives, students and the general public. According to a report published by the Ministry of Electronics and IT, as on 30 November 2018, a total of 5.10 lakh contributors registered with DIP and reportedly over 1.06 crore documents and 3.19 crore snippets have been digitized.

But in the 2020-21 annual report published by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Government of India clearly stated that they closed the Digitize India Platform (DIP) on 31 March 2019, based on the recommendations of the Project Review Steering Group (PRSG). Currently, the government is not running the DIP program for digitizing old government documents.

To sum it up, the Digitize India Platform (DIP) that used to provide part-time employment for digitizing old documents was closed by the government in 2019.

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