Polity & Governance Prelims cum Mains

Aiming to cover 3 crore people, digital literacy scheme covers 57 lakh

Why in News?

  • The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA), is way behind its target of covering 3 crore rural people by 31 March 2018, achieving only 19% success rate of covering 57 lakh people.




Achievements so far

  • As of June, 2018, training of 1.23 crore students was completed,
  • However only 63.17 lakh categorised as “beneficiary of the digital literacy training” have got certificates of training.
  • Out of the total 57 lakh beneficiaries covered till March 2018, 11.03 lakh (19.3%) were SC, 4.45 lakh (7.8%) ST and 24.55 lakh (43%) OBC.



  • The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) was being initiated under Digital India Programme in 2017, to usher in digital literacy in rural India by covering 6 crore rural households by March 31, 2019.



  • The total funds earmarked for the scheme is Rs 2,351.58 crore.
  • In the current financial year, an amount of Rs 400 crore has been allocated.
  • An additional amount of Rs 50 crore was released to the implementing agency in February 2018 taking the cumulative fund allocation to Rs 450 crore.


Intended targets

  • 25 lakh candidates were to be trained in the FY 2016-17
  • 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18
  • 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19
  • In addition each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats was to register an average of 200-300 candidates


Assessment of Target so far

  • As on March 31, 2018, a total of 1.12 crore beneficiaries were enrolled.
  • A total of 1.1crore were trained.
  • 57 lakh were duly certified by duly authorised third party assessment agencies.
  • The average cost per person comes to Rs 391.90 (training fee Rs 300, certification fee Rs 70, operation management cost Rs 21.90).



  • The Scheme is applicable only for rural areas.
  • Eligible Household:  All such households where none of the family member is digitally literate will be considered as eligible household under the Scheme.
  • Only one person per eligible household would be considered for training
  • Age Group: 14 – 60 years
  • Digitally illiterate school students from class 9th to 12th, provided facility of Computer/ICT Training is not available in their schools
  • Preference would be given to SC, ST, BPL, women, differently-abled persons and minorities



  • Identification: The identification of the beneficiaries would be carried out by Common Services Centers in active collaboration with DeGS, Gram Panchayats, and Block Development Officers.
  • Training:
  • The duration of the training program is for 20 hours which has to be completed in a minimum of 10 days and maximum of 30 days.
  • The Scheme envisages affiliating entities like NGOs/ Institutions/ Corporates, desirous of providing digital literacy training, as Training Partners with CSC-SPV.
  • A training partner shall be responsible to appoint the Training Centers in the identified Districts/ Blocks/ Gram Panchayats that would impart digital literacy training to the beneficiaries.
  • 3-tier supervision: 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 designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basics (terminology, navigation and functionality) of digital devices.
  • Use digital devices for accessing, creating, managing and sharing information
  • Use the Internet to browse in an effective and responsible manner
  • Use technology to communicate effectively
  • Appreciate the role of digital technology in everyday life, in social life and at work
  • Carry out cashless transactions using digital financial tools (USSD/ UPI/ eWallet/ AEPS/ Card/ PoS)
  • Use Digital Locker Use online citizen centric services


Certifying Agencies

  • National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT)
  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
  • The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD)
  • Telangana : Indian School of Business-Hyderabad
  • Gujarat : Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
  • Jharkhand : BIT-Sindri

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