Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan .( PMGDISHA)

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PMGDISHA- Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan is the project launched under "Skill India" scheme. The announcement made by our finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2016-2017 on 1st Feb 2017. Then on 8. Feb 2017 the Union cabinet chaired by our honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has approved Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The budget which has been taken for this project is Rs 2,351.38 crore to use it for digital literacy in rural India till March 2019. This project is excepted to be one of the biggest project of the world in order to make 6 crore Indian houses digitally literate..


Digital Literacy- means the person would be able to operate digital devices like computer, tablets, smart phones, a person will be able to do send and receive e-mails, brows internet, obtained Government services, explore information, do online transactions and use Information Technology in order to participate in the growth of nation actively.


Target- The overall target is to trained 6 crore students till FY(Financial Year)2019 but 25 lakh candidates are going to trained in the year2016-2017, 275 lakh candidates are going to trained in year 2017-2018 and 300 candidates are going to be trained in the year 2018-2019.


Prior steps by the government- In order to reach the goal of teaching 6 crore students till 2019 the government has accepted 250,000 Gram Panchayats to register at least 200-300 candidates.


Purpose of the PMGDISHA (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan) : India has the largest number of youth in the world in order to provide technical and digital training to these youths specially the youths from the backward or rural area this project is launched.


To help the rural and the backward household by making them digitally literate by providing them quality training in both ways theoretical and practical in order to have economical, social and cultural advantages for them.


When these rural household get digital training it will helpful for them in order to get better opportunities for being employed by companies in India and abroad and at the same time it will also remove the social gap between the rural and the urban area.


How PMGDISHA (Pradham Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiayan) works?-PMGDISHA : (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan) has the web of helping hands who work together to provide authorize underprivileged section of the society, to spread digital empowerment among rural communities and Panchayat constituencies, to educate at least one person from each household.


Training under PMGDISHA (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan)  - The training under PMGDISHA(Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan)has divided into two parts level1 and level 2. In level 1- the necessary training and skill is going to provided regarding using digital devices like smart phones and tablets, candidates are going to trained to send and receive email and use internet for all the work and time and duration will be 20 hours with in 10-30 days. Eligibility requires for this course is candidate must be illiterate or non-IT literate+ 7th passed and for the second level the necessary training and skill is going to provide for access services by e-Governance and other sites and time and duration of the course will be 40 hours with in 20-60 days and only eligibility requires for this course is candidate must be non-IT literate + 8th passed.


Requirements for candidates - Only Aadhar Card is Must for Every Candidates to enroll in PMGDISHA.

Requirements for Training Centers

Physical Infrastructure

A. Minimum carpet area of 200 - 500 sq. ft.

B. One class room to seat 5 - 20 students

C. Located within the concerned Panchayat boundaries

Technical Infrastructure

A. Minimum of 3-5 Operational Computers (Laptop or PC) with genuine/ licensed software

B. All computers should be connected on a local network

C. One High Resolution Web Camera (Minimum: 0.5 Megapixel, Recommended: 1280 x 720 resolution)

D. Reliable Internet Connectivity with the minimum speed of 256 kbps

E. One printer and scanner

F. 3-5 Tablets/Mobile phones

G. Biometric devices prescribed by PMU

Human Infrastructure :

The faculty should have minimum of NIELIT’s BCC or its equivale

Working Directions : 

Registering only one person from a digitally illiterate family

Registered candidates are trained for a minimum of 20 hours

Conducting examination without any malpractices and violation of examination guidelines

OVERVIEW OF PMGDISHA: The Government has launched the Digital India Programme with an ambitious vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The Programme envisages linking citizens to various e-governance initiatives, involving them in decision making for strengthening public participation and thus enhancing governance accountability. The full potential of Digital India Programme can only be realised if every citizen, regardless of location and social background, is provided with opportunities as well as capabilities to access and leverage digital services/technologies. The universal digital literacy across the country including rural India is an essential element for success of these initiatives. Government had approved two schemes for providing digital literacy to the citizens namely National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) and Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) which were implemented concurrently by CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC-SPV) (a public limited company set up under the Companies Act, 1956). The cumulative target of providing digital literacy to 52.5 lakh duly certified beneficiaries under these two schemes was achieved in December 2016, much ahead of the proposed timeline of December 2018.

The present Scheme has been designed as a follow-up to the above mentioned budgetary announcement of Hon'ble Finance Minister. Digital literacy is a key component of the Government's vision of building an empowered society as envisaged under "Digital India initiative". Spinoff effects of digital literacy especially in the context of rural India would address a number of socio-economic issues. 'Digital Literacy' would bring the benefits of ICT to daily lives of rural population especially in the areas of Healthcare, Livelihood generation and Education. Furthermore, as the thrust of the government is on promoting cashless transactions through mobile phones, the course content would also have emphasis on use of Digital Financial Tools for Electronic Payment System.

 Scheme under Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA):

  • Objective is to make 6 crore persons digitally literate
  • Duration: 2 years.
  • Target Beneficiaries:


  • Eligible Household: A household is defined as a unit comprising of Head of family, spouse, children and parents. All such households where none of the family member is digitally literate will be considered as eligible household under the Scheme.

          Entry Criteria :

  • The beneficiary should be Digitally Illiterate
  • Only one person per eligible household would be considered for training
  • Age Group: 14 - 60 years e. Priority would be given to
  • Non-smartphone users, Antyodaya households, college drop-outs, Participants of the adult literacy mission
  • Digitally illiterate school students from class 9th to 12th, provided facility of Computer/ICT Training is not available in their schools
  • Preference would be given to SC, ST, BPL, women, differently-abled persons and minorities
  • Specifically targeting Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Below Poverty Line (BPL), Women, differently-abled, Minorities Aanganwadi workers, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), Authorised Ration Dealers as key beneficiaries


  • Definition of Digital Literacy: “Digital Literacy is the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful actions within life situations”.


  • mplementation Process : NGOs, Industry, Government authorized centres,  authorized educational institutions with appropriate infrastructure will be utilised to train and empower citizens on IT literacy in Villages/Gram Panchayat/ Blocks/ Districts of each State/ UT. The training will be held at various training locations including CSCs, Adult Literacy Centres, NIELIT Centres, RSETI, NGOs involved in IT Literacy, etc. A detailed implementation plan is as below:


  • Eligible candidate identification – A candidate is “eligible” only if there is no other digitally literate person in his family.
  • Enrollment : Enroll in the nearest PMGDISHA Training Centre using their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number
  • Unique Username and Password to be provided to the beneficiary
  • Learners to study the self learning e-modules through the LMS
  • Continuous assessment at the end of each module
  • Attendance on a daily-basis using Aadhaar number
  • On fulfilling the minimum number of learning hours and successful completion of assessment, the learners will be eligible to appear for national level examination.
  • Certificates will be issued to successful candidates.


  • Training Process: The beneficiaries fulfilling the eligibility criteria will be selected. PMU shall develop an Online Monitoring Application (OMA) cum Learning Management System (LMS). The identified Training Partners and their Training Centres shall be registered on the OMA. The selected beneficiaries shall be registered on the OMA-cum-LMS by the Training Centres. The trainers will use the LMS to train the beneficiaries and their learning will be tracked centrally.
  • Assessment Process: After the completion of training, the trained candidates shall have to undergo a term-end online examination at a centre approved by certifying agency/


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