Over 3 lakh trained rural youth in J&K UT certified under PMGDISHA

VIKAS SHARMA

JAMMU : Of total 701385 candidates enrolled under the flagship scheme “Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)”, as many as 547550 candidates have been trained whereas 395751 are certified.

Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of beneficiaries with over 10.3 million candidates certified in the last five years. It was followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with 4.2 million and 3.3 million certified candidates, respectively.

Pertinently, in the year 2017, Centre Government had approved a Scheme titled PMGDISHA to usher in digital literacy in rural India with a target to cover 6 crore rural households (one person per household) across the country. So far, a total of more than 6.62 crore candidates have been enrolled and 5.68 crore have been trained, out of which 4.22 crore candidates have been duly certified under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme across the country.

“The Centre Government is focusing on providing digital literacy to citizens across the country, especially in rural areas. In line with this, the government has taken various steps including the launch of PMGDISHA. Though the progress of this scheme is not much satisfactory with less than 1 lakh candidates are certified out of more than 2 lakh. Under National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM), a total of 26000 youth were enrolled and all of them were trained and certified.

“During the years 2014 to 2016, Government of India had implemented two Schemes on providing digital literacy to the masses namely “NDLM” and “Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA)” with a cumulative target of 52.50 lakh persons (one person from every eligible household) across the country including rural India. Under these two schemes, a total of 53.67 lakh beneficiaries were trained, out of which around 42 percent candidates were from rural India.  However, both schemes have been closed now.

The government has been conducting the training at the Common Service Centres (CSCs) or Training Centres with 3-5 computers and a minimum of one teaching faculty. It had approved over 413,000 training centres at a total budget outlay of Rs 2,351.38 crore for the scheme, the minister said.