Digital Literacy Index In TN Already High: Union Minister


He was responding to MP Thamizhachi Thangapandian about the state’s low enrollment rate in the PMGDISHA program

A total of 5.36 crore of applicants were enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDISHA) program to improve literacy, out of this total 4.54 crore of applicants were trained and 3.37 crore of candidates have been duly certified.

In Tamil Nadu, more than 10.7 lakh people have registered, of which more than 8.7 lakh have been trained and more than 5.78 lakh have been certified, said Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Electronics and Technology information, responding to a question posed by DMK (MP) MP Thamizhachi Thangapandian in Lok Sabha. The South Chennai Constituency MP immediately put another question to the Minister, asking him why the number of registrations was low in Tamil Nadu for this specific program.

Mr Vaishnaw said: “Tamil Nadu has a history where the state government already implemented similar programs over a decade ago to improve digital literacy. They even give away free laptops. And the state’s digital literacy index is already very high and that’s why there are fewer enrollments in this program, ”he noted.

The MP also asked whether marginalized sections of society, including Scheduled Castes (SC) / Scheduled Tribes (ST), women, people with disabilities, etc., had been registered and certified, to which the Minister has replied that in the SC category around 1 03 97 563 people registered, of which 89 22 690 were trained and 67 88 527 certified.

Details provided by the Minister showed that in the ST category, the number of registrations amounted to 48.69.800. No less than 40,70,145 people have been trained and among these, 29,26,211 have been certified. In the disabled category, 9,65,209 had registered and of these, 8,20,350 were trained and 5,861,291 were certified.

Impact assessment

So far, three impact assessment studies of the scheme have been carried out.

The first impact assessment study was carried out by the Social Development Council (CSD) in 2017-2018.

The second was carried out by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2019. The last impact evaluation study of the program was carried out by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in fiscal year 2020. -21.

The objective of the study was to analyze the situation at the ground level of the device, with a broader aspect of the continuation of the device beyond the period of the 12th shot.

IIIPA, after the comprehensive and methodological evaluation of the program, concluded in the report that PMGDISHA, as a digital literacy program, plays an indispensable role not only in bridging the digital divide in the country, but also for the transform into a knowledge-based economy and society.

IIAP recommended the continuation of this program.

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