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Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital SakshartaAbhiyan (PMGDISHA)

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    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    8th Jul, 2019

Around 2.22 crore villagers are given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA).

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Around 2.22 crore villagers are given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA).

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  • According to Electronics and Information Technology Ministry, around 2.22 crore villagers are given Digital Education under PMGDISHA.
  • Over 2.30 crore beneficiaries have been enrolled under PMGDISHA so far. After the training, 1.34 crore have been duly certified by authorized 3rd party certifying agencies.
  • Government has taken up several steps for proper implementation of the digital literacy scheme particularly in remote rural areas in the country, to make the rural India digitally empowered.

Digital India

  • The vision was to “transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.”
  • With multiple processes the key focus areas were:
    • Digital infrastructure as a core utility to every citizen
    • E-governance and services on demand
    • Digital empowerment of citizens

PMGDISHA

  • It is the scheme initiated under Digital India Programmeto make six crore persons in rural areas, across States/UTs, digitally literate, reaching to around 40% of rural households by covering one member from every eligible household.
  • The Scheme aims to bridge the digital divide, specifically targeting the rural population including the marginalised sections of society like Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Minorities, Below Poverty Line (BPL), women and differently-abled persons and minorities.
  • Purpose of the PMGDISHA: India has the largest number of youth in the world in order to provide technical and digital training to these youths specially the youths from the backward or rural area this project is launched.
  • Priority would be given to:
  • Non-smart-phone users, Antyodaya households, college drop-outs, Participants of the adult literacy mission
  • Digitally illiterate school students from class 9th to 12th, provided facility of Computer/ICT Training is not available in their schools
  • The identification of the beneficiaries would be carried out by CSC-SPV in active collaboration with DeGS, Gram Panchayats, and Block Development Officers. The list of such beneficiaries would be made available on the scheme portal.
  • The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.
  • Digitally literate persons would be able to operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc.), send and receive emails, browse internet, access Government Services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc. and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.

How PMGDISHA works?

  • It has the web of helping hands who work together to provide authorize underprivileged section of the society, to spread digital empowerment among rural communities and Panchayat constituencies, to educate at least one person from each household.

Other Initiatives launched by the Government of India to promote Digital Education

  • Digilockers: It is a "digital locker" service operated by the Government of India that enables Indian citizens to store certain official documents on the cloud. The service is aimed towards reducing the need to carry physical documents.
  • BHIM app: It is an app to enable digital payments. BHIM app was used to facilitate 913 million transactions in 2017-18.
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