Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan | National Digital Literacy Mission
A campaign was launched, by the Government of India, on 1st July 2015. Under this campaign, services are made available for citizens electronically. This attempt is given practical shape by improving the infrastructure i.e increasing the connectivity of internet. This move is made to make the country digitally empowered.
The scheme was launched by PM Narendra Modi. The base of the plan is vision of Late APJ Abdul Kalam. It is aimed at connecting rural areas with urban areas, through various means. Services that are available in developed cities can also be availed in rural areas.
Overview of NDLM
The Digital Saksharta Abhiyan Or National Digital Literacy Mission, is focused towards imparting IT education to nearly 52.5 lakhs citizens of India. This includes Anganwadi and Asha workers. It is also aiming at ration dealers in all the states and union territories all over India.
This move is expected to increase the standards of living and prevent malpractices of middlemen. Once educated, citizens can participate in the overall development of the nation. They can have a voice of their own. Freedom of speech and expression may help authorities realize their mistakes and make necessary correction for developments.
The program will be imparted in two phases. They are:-
- 10 lakh beneficiaries will be educated under this scheme. 9 lakhs will be educated for fee support granted by the government.
- Rest 1 lakh will be educated and trained by the civil society partners and industry professional to update them about current initiatives taken by the government.
Pros of the ‘Abhiyan’
Digitally educated personnel will be able to operate digitally controlled devices like computers, smartphones, tablets and other such sources. This will make them easier to communicate through emails, explore information related to various aspects (for instance irrigation or schemes for cattle feed), have multiple cashless transactions and many more features to explore. It is only through the encouragement of participation that the nation can grow as a whole.
The scheme will be processed and executed under the supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT. There will be active participation of state governments and ministries of union territories of India. Many more authorities are involved and indeed this ‘abhiyan’ is undertaken very diligently and cautiously.
According of one of the surveys done in the year 2014, it was evaluated that only 6% of households in the rural areas have computer with them. This gave a clear analysis that more than 15 crore households in villages / rural areas do not have access to this technology. This also gave the conclusion that many Indians are not educated enough to exercise this benefit and government needs to focus towards this genre with due respect.
The current program is taken forward under the Digital India Program. This is expected to literate citizens in rural areas the best. Access to information, once the citizens can have, they may be able to contribute their best towards national growth. All they need is a little bit of training and attention and they will sail very well, along with everybody else, in the entire nation.
The content of the course will be more focused towards Digital wallets, Adhaar enabled payment scheme, Mobile banking, Unstructured supplementary service data (USSD) and Unified payments unterface (UPI). As stated above, all this is done to digitize Indian transactions and make them cashless.
The National Sample Survey Organization comes under the ministry of Statistics of GOI. It conducts regular socio-economic surveys. It was through their 71st survey that the problem was discovered and steps are taken now. National growth is only possible if collective efforts are taken.