The Union Cabinet approved a new upcoming scheme on 8th January 2017 named as the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA). This scheme with a budget of Rs 2,351.38 crore scheme aims to make 6 Crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019. Under the Digital India Initiative, smartphones , the union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister approved the scheme with an outlay of Rs. 2,351.38 for implementation till March 2019.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) is expected to be the world’s largest digital literacy program once launched. The scheme would be implemented under the overall direction of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with states and union territories through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DEGs), etc.
The scheme would be launched very soon because the government aims to train about 25 Lakh candidates within the current financial year. Out of the 6 Crore targeted 2.75 crores will be trained in FY 2017-18 and rest 3 crores in FY 2018-19.
Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA)
The scheme would be implemented across the country and the government would encourage registration of about 200-300 candidates by each of the 2.5 Lakh gramme panchayats to ensure the equitable geographical reach.
The scheme would help literate the rural India digitally by giving them training about the use of computers, digital dev smartphones, tablets and other devices. Basic training will be provided to the candidates under this scheme like
- Sending and receiving e-mails,
- Browse the internet,
- Making digital payments,
- Access government information,
- Searching information on the internet
- And some other basic IT applications
The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) will also bring us one step closer to the objective of digital India. The educated people would be able to use the mobile banking or internet banking for cashless transactions thus contributing to the cashless India initiative of the central government.
The decision of the government to launch the scheme is basically to make rural India digitally literate. As per the 71st NSSO Survey on Education 2014, only about 1.8 Crore rural households have a computer out of the total 16.85 Crore thus a significant number of rest 15 Crore households are likely to be digitally illiterate.
While the government is launching schemes to provide digital facilities to rural areas so that they can also access digital technologies which are efficient and save time, it becomes mandatory to launch such a scheme. Once they are aware of the use of the gadgets, only then can they use them. This is thus a smart scheme and will surely help a lot of people.