- The Union Cabinet on 8 February 2017 approved the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The programme aims at making 6 crore rural households digitally literate.
- The outlay for the project is Rs 2351.38 crore. It targets ushering in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019. The project is in line with the announcement made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2016-17.
- PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy Programmes in world.
- 25 lakh candidates will be trained in FY 2016 – 17, under this scheme.
- 275 lakh in FY 2017 – 18; and 300 lakh in FY 2018 – 19.
- Implementation of Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT.
- Main aim of the scheme is to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate.
- Education in 2014 was only 6 % of rural households have a computer.
- This highlights that more than 15 crore rural households (@94 % of 16.85 crore households) do not have computers and a significant number of these households are likely to be digitally illiterate.
- Scheme would empower citizens by providing them access to information, knowledge and skills for operating computers/digital access devices.