The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) program. The initiative has an outlay of Rs 2,351 cr and intends to spread digital literacy to 6 crore Indian households by March 2019.
The program is in line with the steps announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, where programs for improving awareness of cashless transactions in remote and rural parts of India were announced.
The main course content of the digital literacy program is the adoption of new methods of cashless transactions, including digital wallets, mobile banking, unified payment interface (UPI), unstructured supplementary service data (USSD), the Aadhaar enabled payment system (AEPS), among others.
The citizens will also be given training on using computers and digital access devices such as smartphones and tablets. Sending and receiving emails, browsing the internet, accessing Government services, and searching for information are also in the curriculum.
The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of Electronics and IT in co-ordination with state governments and union territories. Each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats in the country are expected to register 200-300 candidates to ensure that the program has adequate reach.
25 lakh candidates will be trained in 2016-2017, 275 lakh in 2017-2018 and 300 lakh in 2018-2019. PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programs in the world, if not the largest.
Publish date: February 9, 2017 3:01 pm| Modified date: February 9, 2017 3:01 pm