Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)

RELEVANCE- UPSC GS PRELIMS

EXPECTED QUESTIONS 

QUES 1 . Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) is being initiated under –

a . Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

b . Digital India Programme 

c . Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana

d . Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU- GKY)

Answer – b

QUES 2 . The implementation of the Scheme Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) would be carried out under the overall supervision of-

a . Ministry of Labour and Employment

b . Ministry of Rural Development

c . Ministry of Electronics and IT

d . Ministry of Human Resource Development

Answer – c

QUES 3 . Consider the following statements with respect to Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)

1 . It would cover 15 crore households in rural areas to make them digitally literate.

2 . The outlay for this project is Rs.2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2022.

Which among the above statements is/are correct?

a . only 1

b . only 2

c . both 1 & 2

d . none of the above

Answer – d

ABOUT  PMGDISHA

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The Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) is being initiated under Digital India Programme . It would cover 6 crore households in rural areas to make them digitally literate.

Background

As per the 71st NSSO Survey on Education 2014, only 6% of rural households have a computer. This highlights that more than 15 crore rural households (@ 94% of 16.85 crore households) do not have computers and a significant number of these households are likely to be digitally illiterate.

The PMGDISHA being initiated under Digital India Programme would cover 6 crore households in rural areas to make them digitally literate.

Outlay

The outlay for this project is Rs.2,351.38 crore to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019.

Target

PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. Under the scheme, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the FY 2016-17; 275 lakh in the FY 2017-18; and 300 lakh in the FY 2018-19.

To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 250,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.

Implementing Agency

The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.

Significance

Digitally literate persons would be able to operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc.), send and receive emails, browse internet, access Government Services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc. and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.

This would empower the citizens by providing them access to information, knowledge and skills for operating computers / digital access devices.

As the thrust of the Government is on cashless transactions through mobile phones, the course content would also have emphasis on Digital Wallets, Mobile Banking, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), etc.