Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) is a new upcoming scheme which has been approved by the union cabinet on 8th February 2017. Rs 2,351.38 crore scheme aims to make 6 Crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019. The union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister approved the scheme with an outlay of Rs. 2,351.38 for implementation till March 2019 under the Digital India Initiative.
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA)
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 supervision 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 crore will be trained in FY 2017-18 and rest 3 crore in FY 2018-19.
Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA)
The scheme would be implemented across the country and to ensure the equitable geographical reach the government would encourage registration of about 200-300 candidates by each of the 2.5 Lakh gram panchayats.
The scheme would help digitally literate the rural India by giving them training about the use of computers, digital devices such as smartphones and tablets. The basic training such as sending and receiving e-mails, browse internet, making digital payments, access government information, searching information on internet and some other basic IT applications would be provided to the candidates under the scheme.
The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) would further help in fulfilling the objective of digital India. The literate people would be able to use the mobile banking or internet banking for cashless transactions thus contributing to the cashless India initiative of central government.
The government has decided to launch the scheme to make rural India digitally literate. Only about 1.8 Crore rural households have a computer out of the total 16.85 Crore as per the 71st NSSO Survey on Education 2014, thus a significant number of rest 15 Crore households are likely to be digitally illiterate.