About 52.4 million candidates have been trained under the rural digital literacy program, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA), since the launch of the program.
The PMGDISHA program was approved by the Union Cabinet in February 2017, to improve digital literacy in rural India. It has set itself the goal of covering 60 million rural households (one person per household) across the country.
So far, approximately 61.5 million candidates across the country have enrolled in the program, of which 38.9 million have been certified. The targets are expected to be achieved during the approved duration of the program, i.e. until March 31, 2023, State Minister for Electronics and Computers Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in a written response to a question to Rajya Sabha.
The government provided training in Common Service Centers (CSCs) or training centers with 3-5 computers and at least one teaching faculty. It had approved more than 413,000 training centers with a total budget of Rs 2,351.38 crore for the program, the minister said.
Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of recipients with over 10.3 million applicants certified over the past five years. It was followed by Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with 4.2 million and 3.3 million certified candidates respectively.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said the program would help achieve India’s goal of becoming a trillion-dollar digital economy by 2025.
“Over the next few years, India will become one of the largest digitally connected and enabled countries in the world. To help achieve this goal and improve digital adoption, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) focuses on providing digital knowledge to citizens across the country, especially in rural areas,” the ministry said in a statement.