Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA), A Central Government Scheme.

The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA) being initiated under Digital India Programme would cover 6 crore households in rural areas to make them digitally literate. This would empower the citizens by providing them access to information, knowledge and skills for operating computers / digital access devices.
The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA)-indiangovtschemesandplans

Objectives of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDSA):
PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. Under the scheme,
  • 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17
  • 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18
  • 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19. 
  • To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates. 
Benefits of Schemes:
  • Digitally literate persons would be able todo the following tasks:
  • Operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc.), 
  • Send and receive emails,
  • Browse internet, 
  • Access Government Services, 
  • Search for information,U
  • Undertaking cashless transactions, etc.
  • Use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.

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 their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.

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.

As the thrust of the Government is on cashless transactions through mobile phones, the course content would also have emphasis on Digital Wallets, Mobile Banking, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), etc.

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.

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