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Telecom Minister launched mobile app “DISHA” for digital literacy

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      Minister of communications and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched a new mobile app ‘DISHA’ – Digital Saksharta Abhiyan to aid digital literacy in Bihar.

  • The app, which is free to download from the Google play store, was launched in Bihar that aims to help people learn about computers and Internet digitally, through self learning modules. The app mainly envisages offering digital literacy to Tribal and Dalit women in the State of Bihar.
  • The Ministry also launched DISHA handbook that was composed in such a manner that anyone with little or no digital literacy can also learn using this book by means of pictographic lessons on computers operations. This is framed by the Common Service Centres (CSCs) for the purpose of digital literacy.
  • 10 Dalit women, who have already got training under the Digital Saksharta Abhiyan in Bodh Gaya (Bihar), were felicitated by the minister on this occasion.
  • The training is conducted in partnership with Intel, which is working with the Common Service Centres (CSCs) to provide digital literacy in India. At present Intel has trained over 200 Dalit women and aims to train over 500 women in Bihar only.

What is DISHA?

  • Government has initiated training program under “Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)” in all states with an aim to provide digital literacy to non IT literate citizens.
  • The scheme targets to train approximately 52.5 lakh persons that include Anganwadi and ASHA workers and authorized ration dealers in all the States/UTs across the country.