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Overview of PMGDISHA

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. Hon'ble Finance Minister, while presenting the Union Budget 2016-17, has inter-alia announced: 
"We need to derive greater benefit from our demographic advantage. We need to spread digital literacy in rural India. Of the 16.8 crore rural households, as many as 12 crore households do not have computers and are unlikely to have digitally literate persons. We have already approved two Schemes to promote digital literacy: National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. We now plan to launch a new Digital Literacy Mission Scheme for rural India to cover around 6 crore additional households within the next three years. Details of this scheme will be spelt out separately."
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.

 

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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
  • 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
  • The identification of the beneficiaries would be carried out by CSC-SPV in active collaboration with DeGS, Gram Panchayats, and Block Development Officers. The list of such beneficiaries would be made available on the scheme portal.

Dos & Don'ts

DO'S AND DON'TS for Training Partners/ Training Centres:

Dos

  1. Ensure that only one person from digitally illiterate family gets registered
  2. Register only genuine candidates
  3. Properly fill the candidate details as per Government records produced by the eligible candidate.
  4. Upload supporting documents
  5. Register the candidate only at PMGDISHA portal
  6. Ensure that the registered candidates are trained for a minimum of 20 hours.
  7. Ensure that the candidates are given hands-on training and undergone continuous self-assessment available at PMGDISHA portal
  8. Only the registered and trained candidate should appear for the examination8. Only the registered and trained candidate should appear for the examination
  9. The other guidelines mentioned in the SOP or as communicated by PMU from time to time must be followed.

Don'ts

  1. Not to register a candidate from a digitally literate family
  2. Not to register more than one candidate from the same household
  3. Not to register any fake candidates
  4. Not to upload any fake documents at the time of registration
  5. Not to register candidate details in offline or any other website
  6. Not to allow the candidates to take examination without training
  7. Not to do any impersonation of candidates at the time of examination
  8. Not to help or assist the candidate while appearing for the examination
  9. The other guidelines mentioned in the SOP or as communicated by PMU from time to time must be followed.

 

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