Six crore rural households will be made digitally literate by March 2019 at the cost of Rs.2,351.38 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA).
Under the scheme, 2.75 crore candidates will be trained in the financial year 2017-18 and three crore in the financial year 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,” said an official statement.
Under the supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT, the implementation of the scheme would be carried out in active collaboration with states and union territories through their designated state Implementing agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc.
As the government is promoting cashless transactions through mobile phones, the course content would also emphasis on Digital Wallets, Mobile Banking, Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), etc.