Digital India Current Affairs - 2020

WhatsApp Chatbot of GoI launched to curb fake news crossed 1.7 crore users

The Government of India had earlier created Whats App Chatbot to curb fake news being spread about COVID-19 virus in the country.

About the Chatbot

The Chatbot was launched to answer all the queries related to the virus. It is designed to provide all the information related to COVID-19. At first, GoI launched MyGov Corona Helpdesk when India was in Phase I, in the spread of the disease.

The Chatbot was at first launched in the platform of Whats App as the reach here is quicker. Later it was expanded to Telegram through a MyGov Corona News desk Channel. Also, a dedicated helpdesk was launched on Facebook.

Today, there are more than 1.7 crore users of WhatsApp Chatbot

Significance

India is trying to contain the spread of the virus through every means. The Digital India that helped reach internet to masses and “National Broadband Mission” that helped take internet to remote places are now playing crucial role in spreading awareness about COVID-19. The Mission aims to provide internet

What is a Chatbot?

A Chatbot uses the technology of Artificial Intelligence. It is a computer program designed to simulate human conversations. It operates independently without a human operator. In simple terms, a computer answers queries generated by the users.

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GoI extends Foreign Trade Policy

On April 1, 2020, the Government of India notified that the export schemes such as Export Promotion Capital Goods and Duty-Free Import authorization are to be extended by one year. Also, GoI has planned to extend Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 by another one year till 2021.

Objective of the policy

The policy aims at making India a bigger player in Global level. It targets to bring in overseas sales of 900 billion USD by 2020. This is to be achieved with Digital India Programme and Make in India programme.

The policy also aimed to diversify export baskets of the country. It also aimed to provide regular appraisal mechanism to reduce trade imbalances. The policy launched five different schemes. They include Focus Product Scheme, Focus Market Scheme, Market-linked Focus Product Scheme and Agriculture infrastructure incentive scrip. Also, Gram Udyog Yojana and Vishesh Krishi were merged with single merchandise exports, the MEIS scheme.

Current Scenario

Between April 2019 and February 2020, the imports of India were 436 billion USD and exports were 292 billion USD.

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