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Digital Literacy Mission to benefit 6 Cr households in rural India

Since 2017, Government has been running a scheme titled ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)’ to usher in digital literacy in rural India with a target to cover six crore rural households
Digital Literacy Mission to benefit 6 Cr households in rural India
Digital Literacy Mission to benefit 6 Cr households in rural India (Representational image: Shutterstock)

India over the years has become a prominent nation in deploying technologies for the benefit and transforming the lives of its citizens. Keeping this in view, the Government is focusing on providing digital literacy to citizens across the country, especially in rural areas, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

Steps towards digital literacy

During the years 2014 to 2016, Government of India implemented two schemes on providing digital literacy to the masses namely ‘National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)’ and ‘Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)’ with a cumulative target of 52.50 lakh persons (one person from every eligible household) across the country including rural India. Under these two schemes, a total of 53.67 lakh beneficiaries were trained, out of which around 42 per cent of candidates were from rural India. Both schemes have been closed now, Chandrasekhar further informed the parliament.

Since 2017, Government has been running a scheme titled ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)’ to usher in digital literacy in rural India with a target to cover six crore rural households (one person per household) across the country. So far, a total of more than 6.62 crore candidates have been enrolled and 5.68 crores have been trained, out of which 4.22 crore candidates have been duly certified under the PMGDISHA scheme across the country, the minister added.

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