Bhubaneswar: In order to improve Digital Literacy among the rural youth in general and tribal youth in particular, MeitY launched several flagship programs and Odisha has been benefitted through it.
In fact, the Tribal Youth in Odisha have been greatly benefitted by ‘’PradhanMantriGramin Digital SakshartaAbhiyan’ (PMGDISHA), officials say.
PMGDISHA was launched to usher in digital literacy in Rural India with a target to cover 6 crore rural households (one person per household) across the country.
The Flagship Program of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has benefitted all the States including the State of Odisha.
Under the Scheme, so far, a total of In the State of Odisha, a total of 5,49,049 Scheduled Tribe candidates have been enrolled and 4,43,561 candidates have been trained, out of which 3,17,867 candidates have been duly certified.
At least 55,82,720 Scheduled Tribe candidates have been enrolled and 47,04,973 candidates have been trained, out of which 33,82,044 candidates have been duly certified across the countryunder PMGDISHA.
National Statistical Office (NSO) under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has conducted a survey on Household Social Consumption: Education as part of the 75th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) from July 2017 to June 2018.
As per the report, 11.1% persons in rural areas and 34.7% persons in urban areas were able to operate a computer in the age group of 15 years and above.
In order to transform India into a digitally empowered society and to enhance digital adoption, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been focusing on providing digital literacy to the citizens across the country with a specific focus on the rural areas including tribal dominated areas.
Various initiatives taken to boost Digital Literacy in the country, which has yielded positive results, officials admit.
During the years 2014 to 2016, Government of India had implemented two Schemes on providing digital literacy to the masses namely “National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM)” and “Digital SakshartaAbhiyan (DISHA)” with a cumulative target of 52.50 lakh persons (one person from every eligible household) across the country.
Under these Schemes, a total number of 7,66,080 Scheduled Tribe candidates were trained and out of which, 7,17,412 candidates were duly certified.
In the state of Odisha, a total of 26,822 Scheduled Tribe candidates were trained, out of which 26,598 candidates were duly certified.