The Union Cabinet approved the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019. The outlay for this project is over two thousand 351 crore rupees to usher in digital literacy in rural India. The Abhiyan is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.
As per government Survey on Education in 2014, Only 6 per cent of rural households have a computer and a significant number of these households are likely to be digitally illiterate. Under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan, 25 lakh candidates will be trained in the current financial year, two crore 75 lakh in next financial year and three crore candidates in 2018-19.
Each of the gram panchayats in the country will be expected to register an average of 200 to 300 candidates. Digitally literate persons would be able to operate computers and digital access devices like tablets, smartphones and browse internet to actively participate in the process of nation building. The implementation of the scheme will be carried out under the supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in collaboration with states and union territories.