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Prime Minister Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan: Key Points to Remember

Published on Tuesday, February 14, 2017


In the Union Cabinet meeting chaired by our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, “(PMGDISHA) got a go ahead and it aims at providing digital literacy to 6 crore rural households. The mission was announced by finance minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2016-17 and falls under Digital India programme. For increasing the outreach of the mission, 250,000 gram panchayats would give names of 200-300 candidates on an average. Only 6% rural households have a computer according to the 71st National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) conducted in 2014. This indicates around 15 crore rural households do not have computers and hence it is significant that they are digitally illiterate.

Rs. 2,351.38 crores


  • For providing digital literacy to the rural citizens of our country 
  • To widen the use of cashless transactions with the help of smart phones 
  • Focus on Digital Wallets, UPI(Unified Payment Interface), mobile banking, USSD(Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) and AEPS(Aadhaar Enabled Payment System) 


  • This mission will make an individual trained to operate computers 
  • The individual will be able to do cashless transactions with ease 
  • He/she will be able to use smartphones and tablets properly 
  • He/she will be able to send and receive e-mails 
  • He/she will be able to derive benefits from various government schemes 


  • Ministry of Electronics and IT along with State and Union Territories by designated State Implementing Agencies and DeGS (District e-Governance Society) 


  • PHASE 1: 25 lakh candidates will be given training in financial year 2016-17 
  • PHASE 2: 275 lakh will be given training in financial year 2017-18 
  • PHASE 3: 300 lakh candidates be given training in financial year 2018-19 


  • It will make lakhs of rural people, digitally literate 
  • It will provide confidence and power to digitally illiterate by imparting knowledge about the operation of computers 
  • It will teach them how to do cashless transactions, which is a huge step in making India, a cashless economy 
  • It will provide them social, economical and cultural advantages. 
  • It will create opportunities for the rural youth 
  • Candidates will be able to use the internet will offers the widest arrays of information 


Hence, it is a great scheme for improving digital literacy of the rural population of our country and it would immensely help people in becoming cashless and also teaching others to become cashless too. So many cashless schemes are introduced in the country and to access those schemes properly, this mission can contribute hugely.
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