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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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