Aiming to cover 3 crore people, digital literacy scheme covers 57 lakh #57_LakhJanuary 12, 2019
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had fixed a target of making 3 crore of the rural population digitally literate by March 31 this year, but the achievement has been only 57 lakh —19 per cent.
When PMGDISHA was launched, the aim was to train 25 lakh candidates in FY 2016-17 (scheme was approved on February 8, 2017, so this target was for 50 days); 2.75 crore in 2017-18; and 3 crore in 2018-19.
(Source for the target: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=158292 ).
As of June 4, 2018, according to the PMGDISHA website, training of 1.23 crore students was completed, but 63.17 lakh were categorised as “beneficiary of the digital literacy training”.
The response shows that out of more than 57 lakh rural population that has been covered till March 31 this year, 11.03 lakh were from SC, 4.45 lakh from ST and 24.55 lakh were from OBC category.
The ministry has said it does “not capture the minorities status”.
The PMGDISHA documents say that “digitally literate persons would be able to operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc), send and receive emails, browse internet, access Government Services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc.
and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building”.
For 2017-18, the target was 2.75 crore rural population but the response shows that total beneficiaries during that period was only 57,07,935.
A spokesperson of the ministry said, “The government approved PMGDISHA on February 8, 2017, to usher in digital literacy in rural India by covering 6 crore rural households by March 31, 2019, at a total outlay of Rs 2,351.58 crore.