Digital India Current Affairs - 2020

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Indian Railways launches online applications to strengthen IT enablement

Indian Railways has launched three applications to strengthen its Information Technology (IT)-enabled services which will help ensure proper monitoring of projects being undertaken by Railways. The applications has been launched for all-India roll out and seeks to ensure proper monitoring of projects and boost vision of Digital India.

Online Applications

CRS Sanction Management System: It is an important aspect in construction, maintenance and up-gradation of railway assets in which all works pertains to level crossings (closure, manning, shifting etc.) and minor bridges.

Rail-road crossing GAD approval system: It will expedite preparation, processing and approval of General Agreement Drawings (GADs) related to the construction of Road Over Bridges (ROB) and Road Under Bridges (RUB). This project for online e-Governance platform was developed by Union Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) and has been running successfully since 2014. Now, a module has been developed to cover cases of construction of ROBs or RUBs for States & Union Territories also.

TMS (Track Management System) for construction: This Application has been developed for new assets being constructed by construction organization. The assets master data can now be regularly filled during stage of construction and completion of assets, by construction/project officials before itself final scrutiny and test check by open line officials.

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UPI to be launched globally after hitting One Billion transactions in October

The Government of India in its major boost towards cash less digital economy launched the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) channel. The transactions through the channel has reached One Billion in the month of October


  • The milestone has been achieved after three years of launch of technology backed payments solution. The system was built by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  • The platform is one of the fastest growing initiatives of GoI and also the fastest adoption among all other payment systems anywhere in the world.
  • The system is to be taken to the global market. The plan is to be executed by NPCI. The team will first launch UPI in Singapore and then in UAE.


The UPI was launched before demonetization in 2016. It enables the users to send money from their account to any account without entering bank details. The transactions in UPI are made using email ids and QR codes. The main objective behind the launch of UPI was to promote digital payments.

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