Cabinet nod for rural digital literacy programme

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ or PMGDISHA to make six crore rural households digitally literate. The outlay for the project is Rs. 2,351.38 crore. The programme aims to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019. “This is in line with the announcement made by Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2016-17...PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world,” said a statement. As many as 25 lakh candidates will be trained in FY 2016-17, 275 lakh in FY 2017-18 and 300 lakh candidates in FY 2018-19. — Special Correspondent