On June 27, 2019, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that around 2.22 crore villagers were given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The government has enrolled 636 training partners.Key Points:
- More than 2.30 crore beneficiaries had enrolled under PMGDISHA and after the training, 1.34 crore were duly certified by authorized third party certifying agencies.
- The target of the government is to make one lakh digital villages. In order to fulfill it, it has collaborated with Railways to lay the Optical fibre network at the gram level.
- Common Service Centres (CSC) were increased from 80,000 to 3.5 lakh.
- If Government finds any fraud regarding the number of rural people trained under the PMGDISHA, tough action would be taken against them.
- It has prepared a draft 100-days action plan which includes National Policy on Electronics 2019 — new schemes to the Cabinet; National Policy on Software Products 2019 — launch of Registry; Digital India Infoway (National Government Network and National Knowledge Network 2.0); National Mission for Natural Language Translation – proposal to Cabinet (to overcome barriers across major Indian languages); and Personal Data Protection Bill – to Cabinet.
It was started in February 2017 with an outlay of Rs 2,351.38 crore. It is an extension of National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital Saksharta Abhiyan between 2014 and 2016 in which 53.67 lakh persons were certified. The implementing agency for the PMGDISHA is Common Service Centre e-Governance Services India (CSC-SPV).