PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DISHA - MAY ISSUE - PMGDisha

 
PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DISHA - MAY ISSUE - PMGDisha
MAY ISSUE

      PRADHAN MANTRI
       GRAMIN DISHA
  (A UNIQUE INITIATIVE FOR DIGITAL LITERACY IN RURAL INDIA)

                                                              Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                              Government of India
PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DISHA - MAY ISSUE - PMGDisha
DIGITAL INDIA IS OUR DREAM FOR THE NATION.
                                           WHEN I SAY “DIGITAL INDIA” IT IS NOT MEANT
                                           FOR THE RICH BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE POOR
                                           Hon’ble Prime Minister
                                           Shri Narendra Modi

                THE SCHEME AIMS TO EMPOWER RURAL
                CITIZENS WITH INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE
                AND SKILLS AND ENABLE THEM TO ACTIVELY
                PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNANCE
                Hon’ble Minister For Electronics & IT
                Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad

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PRADHAN MANTRI GRAMIN DISHA - MAY ISSUE - PMGDisha
PRADHAN MANTRI                                       Pradhan     Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan
                                                         (PMGDISHA) has been initiated in line with the

            GRAMIN                                       announcement made by Hon’ble Finance Minister during
                                                         the union budget 2016-17 to provide digital literacy

            DIGITAL
                                                         specifically in rural areas. PMGDISHA was approved
                                                         by the government in February 2017. PMGDISHA would
                                                         cover 6 crore persons, one member from every eligible

         SAKSHARTA                                       household across all Gram Panchyats in States/UTs, and
                                                         make them digitally literate.

          ABHIYAAN                                       The objective of the scheme is to empower the citizens in
                                                         rural areas by training them to operate computer or digital

        (PMGDISHA)                                       access devices (like tablets, smart phones etc.), send
                                                         and receive e-mails, browse Internet, access Government
                                                         services, search for information, etc. and hence enable
                                                         them to use the Information Technology to actively
                                                         participate in the process of nation building.

                                                         The Scheme aims to bridge the digital divide, specifically
                                                         targeting the rural population including the marginalised
                                                         sections of society like Scheduled Castes (SC) / Scheduled
                                                         Tribes (ST), Minorities, Below Poverty Line (BPL), women
                                                         and differently-abled persons

                                                                                    Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                                                    Government of India
IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
The scheme will be implemented by CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) incorporated
under the Companies Act 1956, (herein after referred to as ‘CSC-SPV’) with active collaboration of all the State Governments
and UT Administrations.

DURATION
The Scheme duration would be till 31st March, 2019.

TARGET BENEFICIARIES
One person from every eligible rural household would be trained in Digital Literacy relevant to their needs across all States/
UTs. The target group would be in the age group of 14-60 years. In order to provide better representation to socially and eco-
nomically marginalized communities, due preference would be given to SC, ST, BPL, Minorities, women and differently-abled
persons. Priority would be given to non-smartphone users, Antyodaya households, college drop-outs, participants of the
adult literacy mission etc.

COVERAGE OF SCHEME
The scheme is applicable only for rural areas of the country. To ensure even geographical coverage across the country, a Gram
Panchayat centric approach would be adopted with targets being assigned and monitored for each of the 2.50 lakh Gram
Panchayats.

IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK
MeitY would provide suitable policy support and would monitor the progress of the scheme at the Central level. The CSC-SPV
will work in active collaboration with the State Government/UT Administration for smooth implementation of the Scheme in
their respective State/UT. District e-Governance Society (DeGS) under the District Magistrate/ District Collector would play a
key role towards the last mile implementation and monitoring of PMGDISHA Scheme.

The implementation of the Scheme at the ground level would be done through the involvement of Training partners/Centres
including CSCs duly affiliated with the CSC-SPV.

The Scheme will be implemented by using the affiliated Training Partners/Training Centres as was done in NDLM/DISHA
schemes. Efforts would be made to increase the number of training partners to around 2500 and the Training Centres
(including CSCs) to about 2.5 Lakhs spread across the country.

ROLE OF A TRAINING PARTNER
•       A training partner shall be responsible to own or set up the Training Centres in the identified Districts/Blocks/ Gram
        Panchayats that would impart digital literacy training to the candidates.
•       A training partner shall be responsible for ensuring that the training centres adhere to the scheme requirements.
•       A training partner shall be accountable for monitoring the overall working of the centres under its purview.

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•       A training partner shall be liable for accurate and timely reporting of the aforementioned work ascribed in respect of its
        Centres
•       Detailed Norms for the Training Partners shall be as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) published by CSC-SPV.

The Training Partners shall set up the Training Centres in the selected Gram Panchayats with the appropriate manpower and
requisite infrastructure. They are required to meet the following criteria:

ROLE OF TRAINING CENTRES
•        Enrolling the candidates for the course
•        Imparting appropriate training to candidates
•        Marking the attendance and conducting continuous assessment using the Online Monitoring Application- cum-Learning
         Management System
•        Keeping a record of all candidates enrolled in the course, certifying their attendance and ensuring that the candidates
         appear for the online examination.
•        Training centre shall provide support and assistance for at least two years after the training is over.
•        Ensuring achievement of learning outcomes for each candidate.

DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINING CONTENT
The course ‘Appreciation of Digital Literacy’ has been developed with the aim of making a person IT literate, whereby he can
operate a computer/ digital access devices (like smart phone, tablets, etc.), send and receive emails and search Internet
for information. The curriculum was developed in 2014 in consultation with various agencies like UNESCO, NASSCOM,
Intel,IGNOU, NIELIT, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS),Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), IT for Change,
Open Knowledge Network India, and Digital Empowerment Foundation.

As the thrust of the government is on promoting cashless transactions through mobile phones , the course content would
also have emphasis on digital payment system like digital wallets, mobile banking , UPI, USSD and AEPS, POS etc. Top citizen
centric services are also included in the curriculum namely : District Services- Caste, Resident,Income certificate, UIDAI/
Services, Banking, Pan card, IRCTC- Railway,Insurance,Telephone/data card Recharge, Aadhaar/Election printing, Electricity
bill payment and, Passport.

Learning Outcome: Digitally literate person should be able to appreciate the role of digital technology in everyday, social life
and at work. Course Duration: 20 Hours (minimum 10 Days and maximum 30 Days)

BROAD CONTENT OUTLINE:
               Module Name                                            Learning Hours
    1          Introduction to Digital Devices                               2
    2          Operating Digital Devices                                     4
    3          Introduction to the Internet                                  2
    4          Communications using the Internet                             6
               Application of the Internet ( includes Citizen
               centric services and
               use of mobiles for undertaking cashless
               transactions)
    5          Applications of Internet                                      6
               Total                                                     20 hours
New content of PMGDISHA is available at https://www.pmgdisha.in/iecmaterial

                                                                                                 Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                                                                 Government of India
BROADER VIEW AND LEARNING OBJECTIVES
OF THE CONTENT
No.                         Module Name                                            Learning Objectives

 1      Introduction to Digital Devices                           By end of this module, learner will be able to:

        Computer                                                  Computer
        • What is a Computer?                                     • Turn on a computer
        • How a Computer Works?                                   • Explain how a computer works
        • Operate the various components of Computer              • Identify and use various components of a
           including Central Processing Unit (CPU), Monitor,         computer
           Keyboard, Mouse, Printer, etc.

        Mobile Phone
        • What is a mobile phone?                                 Mobile Phone
        • How a mobile phone works?                               • Switch on/ off a mobile phone
        • Operate the various components of a mobile              • Explain how a mobile phone works
           phone including charger, data cable, memory            • Identify and use various components of a mobile
           card, earphones, etc.                                     phone

        Tablet
        • What is a tablet?                                       Tablet
        • How a tablet works?                                     • Switch on/ off a tablet
        • Operate the elements of tablet including charger,       • Explain how a tablet works
            data cable, memory card, earphones, etc.              • Identify and use various components of a tablet
 2      Operating Digital Devices                                 By the end of this module, learner will be able to:

        Computer                                                  Computer
        • Basics of Operating System (Linux and Windows)          • Explain the use of operating system
        • Using a GUI based Operating System (task bar,           • Identify and use various functions of an operating
           icons, menu, running an application, use the menu,        system
           resize a window, minimize a window, maximize a         • Create/ Open/ Save a file, folder and sub-folder
           window, move a window, locate programmes in
           Start menu, using the scrollbar, etc.)
        • Logging-in, locating a file, opening a file, printing
           a document, storing a file with proper extension,
           creating a folder/ sub-folder in a volume on hard
           disk and desktop, shifting files from one folder to
           another, shutting down the computer.

        Mobile Phone                                              Mobile Phone
        • Basics of mobile operating system                       • Explain the use of mobile operating system
        • Making a call, receiving a call, sending and            • Make call/ receive call and send message/
           receiving messages.                                       receive message
        • Using other features of mobile phone                    • Use other mobile phone features including
                                                                     contact book, call history, radio, calculator, etc.
        Tablet
        • Basics of Operating System (Android and Windows)        Tablet
        • Operating a tablet using an Operating System            • Explain the use of operating system
            (use the menu, run an application, resize             • Operate the tablet and its applications
            a window, minimize a window, maximize a               • Use the camera and other features including
            window, move a window, etc.)                              watching a video, read a book, etc.
        • Logging-in, locating a file, opening a file, storing    • Make/receive calls
            a file, operate the camera, watch a video, read a
            book, etc.
        • Making a call, receiving a call, sending and
            receiving messages (if call facility is available).

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3       Introduction to the Internet            By the end of this module, learner will be able to:

             •   Connecting to the Internet          •   Explain various ways of connecting to the Internet
             •   World Wide Web                      •   Explain world wide web
             •   Web Browsers                        •   Use web browsers for accessing the Internet
             •   Search Engines                      •   Demonstrate the use of search engines
             •   Surfing the Web                     •   Identify information of interest

     4       Communications using the Internet       By the end of this module, learner will be able to:

             •   Basics of e-Mail                    •   Explain the importance of e-Mail
             •   Using e-Mail features               •   Create an e-Mail id and access the various features of e-Mail
             •   Instant      Messaging    and       •   Use VoIP for instant messaging
                 Collaborating using Voice over
                 Internet Protocol (VoIP)

     5       Applications of Internet                By the end of this module, learner will be able to use few of the
                                                     following Internet applications:
             •   Access      livelihood    related
                 information                         •   Search for education, career and job related information;
             •   Make utility bill payments              Search for weather forecast, fishing zone, market price,
             •   Book train and bus tickets              government schemes, farming equipments, etc.
             •   Access various government           •   Make utility bill payment online (electricity, mobile, water
                 information and schemes                 bills)
             •   Using social media                  •   Book train and bus tickets online
                                                     •   Locate various government information and schemes
                                                     •   Explain the process of accessing various Government
                                                         Schemes.
                                                     •   Carry out at least 5 cashless transactions using
                                                     •   digital financial tools (USSD/ UPI/ eWallet/ AEPS/Card/
                                                         PoS),Promote Digital Payments
                                                     •   Use Digital Locker
                                                     •   Use online citizen centric services
                                                     •   Appreciate the role of digital technology in everyday life, in
                                                         social life and at work

                                                                                         Ministry of Electronics and
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INDICATIVE STATE/UT-WISE TARGETS FOR
DIGITAL LITERACY
     S.No.      States/UTs                                                                                      Target
     1          Uttar Pradesh                                                                                11171000
     2          Bihar                                                                                         6630000
     3          West Bengal                                                                                   4481000
     4          Maharashtra                                                                                   4433000
     5          Madhya Pradesh                                                                                3784000
     6          Rajasthan                                                                                     3712000
     7          Karnataka                                                                                     2705000
     8          Tamil Nadu                                                                                    2679000
     9          Orissa                                                                                        2517000
     10         Gujarat                                                                                       2497000
     11         Andhra Pradesh                                                                                2028000
     12         Telangana                                                                                     2028000
     13         Assam                                                                                         1929000
     14         Jharkhand                                                                                     1803000
     15         Chhattisgarh                                                                                  1412000
     16         Kerala                                                                                        1257000
     17         Punjab                                                                                        1247000
     18         Haryana                                                                                       1191000
     19         Jammu & Kashmir                                                                                658000
     20         Uttarakhand                                                                                    506000
     21         Himachal Pradesh                                                                               444000
     22         Tripura                                                                                        195000
     23         Meghalaya                                                                                      171000
     24         Manipur                                                                                        137000
     25         Nagaland                                                                                       101000
     26         Arunachal Pradesh                                                                               77000
     27         Goa                                                                                             40000
     28         Mizoram                                                                                         38000
     29         Sikkim                                                                                          33000
     30         Puducherry                                                                                      28000
     31         Andaman & Nicobar Islands                                                                       18000
     32         Dadra & Nagar Haveli                                                                            13000
     33         Daman & Diu                                                                                      4000
     34         Lakshadweep                                                                                      1000
                Total                                                                                        59968000

    Note: Targets per State/UT may vary depending upon performance

    The cities covered under urban agglomerations would be excluded from the Scheme (list enclosed)

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LIST OF CITIES NOT TO BE COVERED UNDER THE
    SCHEME
                                                                                     City Population
    S.No   State Name          Name of City
                                                                                      (As per Census of India 2011)
     1     MAHARASHTRA         Greater Mumbai (M Corp.)                                                            1,24,78,447
     2     NCT OF DELHI        DMC (U) (M Corp.)                                                                   1,10,07,835
     3     KARNATAKA           Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) (M Corp.)                                     84,25,970
     4     ANDHRA PRADESH      Greater Hyderabad (M Corp.)                                                             68,09,970
     5     GUJARAT             Ahmadabad (M Corp.)                                                                     55,70,585
     6     TAMIL NADU          Chennai (M Corp.)                                                                       46,81,087
     7     WEST BENGAL         Kolkata (M Corp.)                                                                       44,86,679
     8     GUJARAT             Surat (M Corp.)                                                                         44,62,002
     9     MAHARASHTRA         Pune (M Corp.)                                                                          31,15,431
    10     RAJASTHAN           Jaipur (M Corp.)                                                                        30,73,350
    11     UTTAR PRADESH       Lucknow (M Corp.)                                                                       28,15,601
    12     UTTAR PRADESH       Kanpur (M Corp.)                                                                        27,67,031
    13     MAHARASHTRA         Nagpur (M Corp.)                                                                        24,05,421
    14     MADHYA PRADESH      Indore (M Corp.)                                                                        19,60,631
    15     MAHARASHTRA         Thane (M Corp.)                                                                         18,18,872
    16     MADHYA PRADESH      Bhopal (M Corp.)                                                                        17,95,648
    17     ANDHRA PRADESH      Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation) (MC)                                       17,30,320
    18     MAHARASHTRA         Pimpri-Chinchwad (M Corp.)                                                              17,29,359
    19     BIHAR               Patna (M Corp.)                                                                         16,83,200
    20     GUJARAT             Vadodara (M Corp.)                                                                      16,66,703
    21     PUNJAB              Ludhiana (M Corp.)                                                                      16,13,878
    22     UTTAR PRADESH       Agra (M Corp.)                                                                          15,74,542
    23     MAHARASHTRA         Nashik (M Corp.)                                                                        14,86,973
    24     HARYANA             Faridabad (M Corp.)                                                                     14,04,653
    25     UTTAR PRADESH       Meerut (M Corp.)                                                                        13,09,023
    26     GUJARAT             Rajkot (M. Corp)                                                                        12,86,995
    27     MAHARASHTRA         Kalyan-Dombivali (M Corp.)                                                              12,46,381
    28     MAHARASHTRA         Vasai Virar City (M Corp.)                                                              12,21,233
    29     UTTAR PRADESH       Varanasi (M Corp.)                                                                      12,01,815
    30     JAMMU & KASHMIR     Srinagar (M Corp.)                                                                      11,92,792
    31     MAHARASHTRA         Aurangabad (M Corp.)                                                                    11,71,330
    32     JHARKHAND           Dhanbad (M Corp.)                                                                       11,61,561
    33     PUNJAB              Amritsar (M Corp.)                                                                      11,32,761
    34     MAHARASHTRA         Navi Mumbai (M Corp.)                                                                   11,19,477
    35     UTTAR PRADESH       Allahabad (M Corp.)                                                                     11,17,094
    36     JHARKHAND           Ranchi (M Corp.)                                                                        10,73,440
    37     WEST BENGAL         Haora (M Corp.)                                                                         10,72,161

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38     TAMIL NADU               Coimbatore (M Corp.)                                                                     10,61,447
     39     MADHYA PRADESH           Jabalpur (M Corp.)                                                                       10,54,336
     40     MADHYA PRADESH           Gwalior (M Corp.)                                                                        10,53,505
     41     ANDHRA PRADESH           Vijayawada (M Corp.)                                                                     10,48,240
     42     RAJASTHAN                Jodhpur (M Corp.)                                                                        10,33,918
     43     TAMIL NADU               Madurai (M Corp.)                                                                        10,16,885
     44     CHHATTISGARH             Raipur (M Corp.)                                                                         10,10,087
     45     RAJASTHAN                Kota (M Corp.)                                                                           10,01,365
     46     ASSAM                    Guwahati (M Corp.)                                                                        9,63,429
     47     CHANDIGARH               Chandigarh (M Corp.)                                                                      9,60,787
     48     MAHARASHTRA              Solapur (M Corp.)                                                                         9,51,118
     49     KARNATAKA                Hubli-Dharwad *(M Corp.)                                                                  9,43,857
     50     UTTAR PRADESH            Bareilly (M Corp.)                                                                        8,98,167

 CSR INITIATIVE
 The effort to spread digital Literacy in the country, CSC-SPV has proposed collaboration with many institutes/ universities wherein an
 institution will adopt a village /panchayat in the vicinity and work jointly with CSC-SPV to make it 100% digitally literate. A letter has
 been sent to 47 Central and 365 State universities across India. Around 21 universities have shown interest in the initiative

 National Law University, Odisha and CCS HAU, Hisar have started their work of spreading digital literacy within their vicinity. So far around 450
 candidates have been registered by the universities under the scheme.

 Here is the list of colleges/universities that have shown interest to be a part of digital literacy mission till date:

     S No     Name of Organisation/Universities                                                              State
      1       Alagappa University                                                                            Tamil Nadu
      2       Annasamy Rajammal College of Nursing                                                           Tamil Nadu
      3       Assam Rajiv Gandhi University of Co-Operative Management                                       Assam
      4       CCS HAU Hisar                                                                                  Haryana
      5       DCR University Of Science & Technology, Murthal                                                Haryana
      6       Mangalore University                                                                           Karnataka
      7       National Law University_Odisha                                                                 Odisha
      8       Sido Kanhu Murmu University                                                                    Jharkhand
      9       Uttarakhand Open University                                                                    Uttarakhand
      10      Uttarakhand Residential University                                                             Uttarakhand
      11      APOLLO COLLEGE OF NURSING                                                                      Tamil Nadu
      12      Central University of Haryana                                                                  Haryana
      13      CDC Jammu                                                                                      Jammu and Kashmir
      14      Assam Agricultural University                                                                  Assam
      15      Bhargava College of Engineering and Technology                                                 Jammu and Kashmir
      16      Bahona College                                                                                 Assam
      17      Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University                                                              Jammu and Kashmir
      18      Dibrugarh University                                                                           Assam
      19      Gondwana University                                                                            Maharashtra
      20      Delhi University (IP College for Women)                                                        Delhi
      21      Delhi University (Kalindi College)                                                             Delhi

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CSR PARTNERS
INDUSLND BANK
CSC-SPV and IndusInd Bank (IIB) have agreed to collaborate and implement the PMGDISHA in rural areas. To begin with 3
Lakh persons over next two years till 31-03-2019 will be trained by the partner. IndusInd Bank, which commenced operations in
1994, caters to the needs of both consumer and corporate customers. Its technology platform supports multi-channel delivery
capabilities. The Bank is a leading provider of commercial, transactional and electronic banking products and services and
caters to the needs of both consumer and corporate customers. Today, the bank is one of India’s leading private sector banks.

According to the collaboration IIB will be responsible for the following:

•    Promote and market PMGDISHA at various forums.
•    Consolidate the training efforts towards achieving the objective of training one person in every eligible household.
•    Align the training content of IIB with that of PMGDISHA curriculum framework as prescribed by CSC-SPV
•    Mobilize the financial resources and volunteers from IIB.
•    Set-up use of CSC-SPV PMGDISHA training centres.

•         Monitor and ensure quality delivery of training.
•         Create innovative marketing campaigns and assist the promotion of PMGDISHA in various media

IndusInd is registered in six states namely Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. So far, 2040
Training centers are working under IndusInd and a total of 3,01,986 candidates have been registered under the PMGDISHA
scheme. Below graph represents the number of registered, trained and certified candidates by IndusInd partners:

                                                                                             Ministry of Electronics and
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PAYPAL
Like IndusInd Bank, CSC SPV has also signed MOU with PayPal and mutually agreed to train 6700 persons across the states
of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh over next one year till 31-08-2018.

PayPal is providing digital literacy training in three states namely Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. So far, 120 Train-
ing centers are working under PayPal and a total of 9,551 candidates have been registered under the scheme. Below graph
represents the number of registered, trained and certified candidates by PayPal partners:

McAfee
MOU has been signed between CSCSPV and McAfee. McAfee has agreed to provide digital literacy training to 7000 candidates
across five states namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. McAfee registered in four states
namely Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. So far, 48 Training centers are working under McAfee and
a total of 5,476 candidates have been registered under the PMGDISHA scheme. Below graph represents the number of
registered, trained and certified candidates by McAfee partners:

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REGISTRATION STATUS
Registration and Training of eligible beneficiaries has been started. So far 12,343,083 beneficiaries have been registered
under the project and out of which 12,321,098 beneficiaries have completed training from the States/UTs of Andhra Pradesh,
Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand,
Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab,
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

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                                                                                                                         Registered Students
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                                                                                                                         Certified Students

The highest number of candidates has been registered for the month of May, 2018 is in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Jharkhand
,Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. The graph below provides the details of Top five states in registration, training and
certification of candidates under PMGDISHA scheme.

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GENDER-WISE DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFIED
CANDIDATES
The gender wise distribution among the certified candidates under PMGDISHA shows that 1,51,620 Females and 1,27,321Males
certified in March . According to the pie-chart given below, 57% are Females and 43% are Males.

COMMUNITY-WISE DISTRIBUTIONS OF
CERTIFIED CANDIDATES
Of the total Certified beneficiaries in March, OBC category comprise the highest numbers (1,19,074) followed by General
category (80,994), SC (53,256) and ST (25,617). As per the pie-chart given below, 43% of certified beneficiaries are OBC 40%
General, 19% SC and only 6% are ST.

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HON’BLE PRIME MINISTER

                                          NARENDRA MODI
                                          INTERACTS WITH PMGDISHA BENEFICIARIES

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with         emotional after listening to Hon’ble PM and felt proud of
Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan and Digital       being an integral part of Digital India.
India beneficiaries from across country through a video
bridge on June 15 (Friday) at 9.30 am. The video bridge           Talking about Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta
connected over 50 lakh beneficiaries including those from         Abhiyan (PMGDISHA), PM said that the scheme has already
Common Service Centres. This was first time when Hon’ble          provided digital skill and training to 1.25 crore people,
PM interacted with CSC VLE across the country. This was a         out of which 70% of candidates are from SC, ST and OBC
memorable event for the 3 lakh CSC VLEs. It was celebrated        communities. The scheme aims to provide digital skills and
like a festival with great enthusiasm.                            basic computer training to six crore people through 20 hours
                                                                  of basic computer training.
Interacting with the beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that
Digital India was launched to ensure that people from all       The Government of India launched “Pradhan Mantri Gramin
walks of life, especially those from rural areas, are digitally Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)” in February, 2017
empowered. He added that to make this possible, Government      to usher in digital literacy in rural India for covering Six Crore
has worked on a holistic policy consisting of connecting        rural households (one person per household). Around 30- 40
villages through fibre optic, digitally educating citizens,     beneficiaries PMGDISHA candidates across all the districts
providing service delivery through mobiles and promoting        assembled at the NIC office of their respective districts.
electronic manufacturing.                                       Approximately 12,000 PMGDISHA candidates watched the
                                                                live telecast of Hon’ble PM interacting with Digital India
Talking about technology, Prime Minister said that technology beneficiaries at NIC offices.
has brought about ease of living and Government’s efforts
are to ensure that the advantages of technology are available During the interaction, Shri Narendra Modi said that the
to all sections of the society. Various provisions like online movement towards more digital payments is resulting in the
payment of bills including BHIM APP, online booking of elimination of intermediaries. Digital payments in India have
railway tickets, and electronic delivery of scholarships and grown significantly in last four years, making Indian economy
pensions to bank accounts have greatly reduced the burden digital and transparent.
on common people, Shri Narendra Modi added.
                                                                Digital India has also transformed the BPO sector immensely.
Describing the importance of Common Service Centers (CSC), Earlier BPOs were only restricted to big cities, now it is
Prime Minister said that CSC’s across India are providing spread to small towns and villages, creating employment
digital services to rural India. CSCs have successfully opportunities. The India BPO promotion scheme and the
developed Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE) in rural areas separate BPO promotion scheme for the Northeast, started
and created job opportunities for more than 10 Lakh people. under Digital India will create new employment opportunities
There are 2.92 Lakh CSCs in rural India providing opportunities to over two lakh people in North East and in rural areas. Now
to access various government and other services across 1.83 the youth of nation is getting jobs near their homes due to
Lakh Gram Panchayats. All over the country, CSC mobilized BPOs units opening all throughout India, Prime Minister said.
local people specially PMGDISHA candidates and other
citizens availing services through CSCs. Some VLEs became

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DIGITAL REVOLUTION
               INDIA
                                  Govt to                      New Delhi: The government plans to expand its BPO
                                                               promotion scheme to one lakh seats, and will also set up

                            expand BPO                         India’s largest National data centre in Bhopal, IT minister Ravi
                                                               Shankar Prasad said on Monday. “We want to make India

                              promotion
                                                               a hub for BPO movement,” minister said at a conference to
                                                               highlight the achievements of IT and Electronics Ministry
                                                               over the last four years.
                              scheme to                        The government will increase the capacity under the BPO

                                generate                       promotion scheme to one lakh seats from the current 48,000
                                                               seats, he said, adding that initiative has not only created new

                           employment,
                                                               job opportunities but also ensured that people in smaller
                                                               towns find employment closer home.

                           plans largest                       “BPOs are going to start soon in smaller cities like Gaya
                                                               and Gazipur...They are already operational in Guwahati,
                                National                       Muzaffarpur, Patna and other places...in all 91 in 27 States...
                                                               So our efforts that youth should find employment near

                            Data Centre                        their cities and towns, have materialised,” the minister said.
                                                               Allocation of 31,732 seats for BPO units operating from

                               in Bhopal
                                                               smaller towns have created new employment avenues with
                                                               potential to offer nearly 2 lakh direct and indirect jobs to
                                                               youth under India BPO promotion scheme and North East
                                                               BPO promotion scheme, he added.

                                                               He also said that the fifth ‘National Data Centre’ - the largest
                                                               of such centres - will come up in Bhopal with capacity of
                                                               five lakh virtual servers.The National Data Centres - that
                                                               host government websites, services and apps - are currently
                                                               operational at four locations - Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi and
                                                               Bhubaneswar.

                                                               The minister last month, had inaugurated the cloud-enabled
                                                               National Data Centre in Bubaneswar, which is spread over
                                                               40,000 square feet. The data centre will host new as well as
                                                               existing applications of Central and state governments with
                                                               ability to support 35,000 virtual servers. “Bhopal data centre
                                                               is important as India is becoming big centre of data...the huge
                                                               population has become digitally reliant. We want to create a
                                                               robust data centre...NIC is working on it,” the minister said.

                                                               National Informatics Centre (NIC) provides technology
                                                               support to governance services and hosts nearly 10,000

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websites of the government. A senior NIC official said that       Indian languages, Telugu has the second highest propensity.
the work on new Bhopal centre has already started and it will     It is the fourth language after Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil for
be operational in two years or so.The minister further said       which Google has launched its support for advertising.
that 1.23 crore rural adults have been trained so far under
Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. This includes 63        With this launch, Google AdWords and Google AdSense will
lakh candidates who have already received their certification.    now have Telugu language support, enabling publishers and
Commenting on the digital payments initiative, the IT ministry    advertisers to run ads in Telugu. It will also support Telugu
said that the monthly BHIM-UPI transactions touched a record      language publishers to run ads powered by Google in the
high of 19 crore transactions worth 27,000 crore in April 2018.   language to grow their business.

                                                                  Content creators, who have websites and blogs in Telugu, will
INDIAN LANGUAGE INTERNET USERS TO                                 be able to sign up for Google Adsense and run ads on their
REACH 536 MILLION BY 2021: GOOGLE                                 content and attract advertisers from across the globe.

                                                                  Announcing the launch of Telugu language ads, Rajan
                                                                  Anandan, Vice-President, South East Asia and India, Google,
                                                                  said expanding support for local Indian languages on Google
                                                                  ad platforms was aimed towards making India’s Internet more
                                                                  useful for a billion Indians.

                                                                  With 400 million Internet users, India has the second highest
                                                                  Internet user base. It is also the fastest growing Internet
                                                                  market in the world, adding 8 to 10 million users every month.
                                                                  Rajan said that changes seen in India over the last 18-20
                                                                  months were seen nowhere else in the world. The mobile
                                                                  broadband data truly became affordable with the charges
                                                                  coming down from Rs 250 per gigabyte to just Rs. 15-20.

The number of Internet users in Indian languages is expected According to him, there has been explosive growth in
to reach 536 million over the next four years, contributing 35 all categories like search, video, social, messaging and
percent of $4.4 billion (roughly Rs. 30,000 crores) digital ad e-commerce.
spend in the country, says Internet search giant Google.
                                                                Rajan said the new users coming on board were very different
The share of local languages in current ad spend of $2 billion from first 100 million users. The biggest different is 9 out of
is only 5 percent. According to Google officials, the number of 10 users coming online are Indian language Internet users.
non-English language Internet users (currently are 234 million)
has already overtaken the English users (175 million).          The new users were also comfortable accessing Internet on
                                                                voice. He expected India to be the first voice-driven Internet
Four languages - Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, and Bengali - will market.
account for about 30 percent of non-English Internet users.
The number of language users is expected to grow at CAGR India was also likely to be the first Internet market where
18 percent over the next four years to reach 536 million while Internet would be consumed more offline than online.
the number of English users will grow by only 3 percent to Google is currently offering its top 8 products in Indian
reach 199 million.                                              languages. YouTube supports 11 Indian languages.
                                                                “Eventually, Google will support all these 11 languages on its
With tremendous growth in non-English Internet, Google has add platforms,” said Shalini Girish, Director, Google Marketing
decided to focus on supporting the Indian languages. In Solutions, India. She, however, did not specify the timeline.
June, it launched Telugu language support for its advertising
products - Google AdWords and Google AdSense. This will
enable Telugu language web publishers and advertisers to
reach out to the large base of Internet users in Telugu.

The search giant expects the number of Internet users in
Telugu to be over 91 million in the next four years. Among

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                                                                                             Government of India
Digital India is fight against touts
         - PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his pet Digital India                   revolutionary change in digital payments. The card is not just
initiative is a war against touts and middlemen, helping check            being used in India but abroad as well, he said, narrating how
black money and black marketing while creating immense job                he used RuPay to buy some goods during his recent visit to
opportunities in small towns and rural areas.                             Singapore.

Interacting with beneficiaries of the various Digital India               Digital India is a campaign launched to ensure the government
efforts, Modi pushed for use of RuPay, the Indian version of              services are made available to citizens electronically by
credit/debit card, saying when other similar cards are used               improved online infrastructure, increasing internet connectivity
the transaction or processing fee goes to foreign companies.              and by making the country digitally empowered in the field of
However, when RuPay is used, the money remains in India and               technology. Complementing it has been the launch of large-
is used for development works and infrastructure projects.                scale digital payment processing platforms like the Unified
The Prime Minister said people made fun of him when he                    Payments Interface (UPI), Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM),
first spoke of digital payments in the country where people               Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) and India’s home-grown
were used to stashing money underneath the pillow and ration              card network RuPay.
could not be availed without middlemen. But experiences
narrated by beneficiaries of how services are reaching people             Modi said while the National Knowledge Network has linked
directly are a befitting reply to such naysayers, he said.                over 1,700 educational and research institutions, libraries,
                                                                          academicians, government officials and more than 5 crore
Now, some people are spreading rumours that money is not                  students, citizen engagement platform ‘mygov’ has 60 lakh
safe when used digitally, he said, adding such conspiracies               volunteers. “We can now fight for our rights,” he said.
will be hatched as he has created problems for middlemen.                 He said the push for domestic electronic manufacturing
“Digital India is a fight with dalali (touts),” he said. “Digital India   has seen setting up of 23 electronic manufacturing centres
has checked blackmoney and black marketing and uprooted                   in 15 states and the number of units manufacturing mobile
middlemen.” From booking rail tickets to paying bills and                 handsets and their components multiply from just two in 2014
availing government services like pensions by giving proof of             to over 120 now, providing direct and indirect employment to
existence digitally, people are being empowered, he said. “Kisi           4.5 lakh people.
ko dikhe ya na dikhe, par desh badal raha hai (people may or
may not see, but the country is changing),” Modi said. Digital            Also, the Rs 550 crore BPO promotion scheme has led to the
India is about education, employment, entrepreneurship and                creation of two lakh job opportunities as it took business
empowerment. “It will help realise the objective of reform,               process outsourcing centres to smaller cities and towns by
perform, transform,” he said.                                             providing financial assistance of up to Rs 1 lakh for every seat.
“The movement towards more digital payments is linked to                  “Along with digital empowerment, we also want technology to
eliminating middlemen,” he said. RuPay, he said, is bringing a            boost innovation,” he said.

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Champion VLEs

            Misba Hashmi

Operating a CSC at Buria village in Yamunanagar of Haryana,         “I got this opportunity only because I am a CSC entrepreneur.
26-year-old Misba Hashmi delivers a number of digital               CSC gave me an identity and now I am being invited to national
services in her village. Starting from PMGDISHA, young              and international conferences across the country to speak
Misba is serving the villagers with the facilities including Wifi   about entrepreneurship and Digital India. I have also opened a
choupal, Digipay, Insurance, Health, Education, PMFBY, IRCTC        sanitary pad unit,” VLE added.
and Aadhaar Services and Telemedicine.

Hon’ble PM interacted with 26-year-old Misba Hashmi of              PM asked her to explain how she helped people and how they
Yamunanagar and praised her for helping people avail                are benefited under the Digital India initiative.
government schemes by running a common service centre
(CSC) at her native village Buria.                                  Misba explained how she is helping people especially women
                                                                    to connect with doctors through telemedicine. No one in her
The PM spoke with Misba and two beneficiaries of her CSC            village has to visit government offices as all services are
via video-conference and asked her to continue her service          available at CSC.
to people.
                                                                    She prayed for Hon’ble PM’s long life and got emotional. She
“It was like dream come true. It was not even in my wildest         expressed her gratitude towards PM’s effort in empowering
dream that I will interact with PM of nation and he would           citizens through use of technology. Misba also said that she
appreciate my work,” says Ms. Hashmi.                               would love to click a selfie under PM’s ‘Selfie with Daughter’
                                                                    campaign.

                                                                    The PM also interacted with Meenu, who works as a domestic
                                                                    help in Yamunanagar, and has learnt how to make online
                                                                    payments from Misba .
      “It was like dream come true. It was
      not even in my wildest dream that I will                      Another beneficiary of Misba’s CSC, Shokat Ali, told the PM
      interact with PM of nation and he would                       that he had applied for financial assistance under Indira Awas
      appreciate my work,” says Ms. Hashmi.                         Yojana with the help of the centre and it was approved.
                                                                    “I appreciate Misba for making the use of technology to help
                                                                    mankind. Apart from being entrepreneur, she is working to
                                                                    empower the society and I congratulate her for the exceptional
                                                                    contribution,” noted Hon’ble PM.

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Champion VLEs

     Sushil Nagpure

                                                                Shanta Bai, a MNREGA worker, narrated her story on how
                                                                Digital India and CSC services made her life simple. She
                                                                noted that Digital India is truly transforming the lives of BPL
                                                                (Below Poverty Level) families in rural India.

                                                                Digital India Program has also been life changing for student
                                                                like Ranjit Gondane preparing for civil service. He hailed the
                                                                ‘Wifi Choupal’ and ‘BharatNet’ services. He downloaded
                                                                study material on mobile and has been preparing for the
                                                                exams.

                                                                “I can see the professionalism in Sushil and his team from
                                                                Maharashtra. CSCs and Digital India has helped Shantabai
                                                                to get her MNREGA wages in the village itself. This is how
Sushil Nagpure, an M.Com graduate, has become one of            India is transforming,” said Shri Narendra Modi
the popular figures from Gondia district of Maharashtra. He
along with the beneficiaries from Panjra village interacted
with Hon’ble Prime Minister during the live interaction
organised on June 15. PM expressed his happiness after
listening to Sushil about his services in the Gondia village
of the state.
                                                                       “CSC has been a platform to deliver
Starting the conversation in Marathi, Hon’ble PM enquired              digital services at the grass-root level.
about the services and how it has transformed the hamlet.              And I am happy to be part of it,” said
                                                                       Sushil during the interaction
He stated that everyone uses ‘Wifi Choupal’ in his village.
Youth, students, old, pensioners and women got benefitted
and their life is simplified. “CSC has been a platform to
deliver digital services at the grass-root level. And I am
happy to be part of it,” said Sushil during the interaction

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Champion VLEs

       Snehlata

                                                                     “CSC has been a platform to deliver
                                                                     digital services at the grass-root level.
                                                                     And I am happy to be part of it,” said
                                                                     Sushil during the interaction

Known for transforming lives of Banjara (Nomad)                under PMGDISHA. It has not only improved my life but also
community, Snehlata has been successfully running the          has empowered the villagers,” said Snehlata.
CSC for the past seven years. She has been eradicating
digital illiteracy from the village by introducing PMGDISHA.   In the CSC centre in the Bansur area of Rajasthan, Modi was
                                                               impressed by the story of Poonam Sapera, who belongs to
Hon’ble PM praised Snehlata for transforming lives of          a primitive tribe. Studying in her second year of Bachelor of
Banjara (Nomadic People) Community through digital             Arts, Sapera used PMGDISHA to become digitally literate.
services.                                                      She said she makes use of the internet to search for jobs
                                                               around her village.
She informed Modi that she had made people literate in
her area and had made Banjaras digitally literate and also     Hon’ble PM thanked parents of Poonam for encouraging
provided them the benefit of Ujjwala scheme.                   her to get formal education.
                                                               “I am much delighted to hear Snehlata from Rajasthan who
“I got married after completing my class XII. Family           is speaking like a professional in the digital world whereas
encouraged me to start a CSC in the village and I am           she has studied class XII. This is also an example of how
running a centre for the past seven years. I would like to     technology is helping to gain knowledge,” praised Hon’ble
thank Shri Modi for introducing digital literacy programme     PM.

                                                                                          Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                                                          Government of India
Champion VLEs

   Jitendra Solanki

                                                                computers to deliver digital services in the village. And with
                                                                implementation of BharatNet, the internet services are being
                                                                availed by villagers,” pointed VLE.

                                                                He mentioned that 15 people are employed and they deliver
                                                                all the services. His village people need not visit banks/
                                                                government offices now.
                                                                Hon’ble Minister for Electronics and IT Shri Ravi Shankar
                                                                Prasad himself attended the live telecast of the interaction
                                                                organised at the NIC in Gautham Buddha Nagar.

                                                             “Even though the beneficiaries from this village are
                                                             using technology in a very small way, the lives are being
Hailing from Dhanauri Kalan, Jitendra Solanki has been transformed. This should be the model adopted in every
offering different digital services through CSC. PMGDISHA, part of the country,” said Shri Narendra Modi during the live
Wifi choupal, Digipay, Insurance, Health, Education, PMFBY, interaction.
IRCTC, Aadhaar Services and State Government Services,
Electric Bill Collection, Tele-Medicine, LED assembling,
Sanitary Pad Making and Candle Making etc and the list goes
on.
Jitendra Solanki, hailing from Dhanauri Kalan, represented        “Even though the beneficiaries from
Uttar Pradesh during the live interaction with Digital India      this village are using technology in
beneficiaries. PM enquired about the total population of the      a very small way, the lives are being
village and the services he provided in the village.              transformed. This should be the model
                                                                      adopted in every part of the country,”
Hon’ble PM was happy to hear that the Digital India                   said Shri Narendra Modi during the
schemes are being implemented at the grass-root level
                                                                      live interaction.
and the villagers are getting the complete benefit. “When I
started CSC, I just had a single computer. However, when
Government under Shri Modi came to power, launched
Digital India and promoted CSC Scheme, I had purchased 15

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GLIMPSE OF PMGDISHA
     PROGRESS ACROSS STATES

                                                          Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                          Government of India
ANDHRA
             PRADESH

                                                              Differently-abled
                                                              Venkatesh trains
                                                              240 villagers
                                                              CSC is also a ray of hope to the differently-abled people as
                                                              well. CSC has unprecedented number of success stories with
                                                              regard to the differently-abled beneficiaries and even VLEs.

                                                              For VLE Venkatesh being differently never stops him to bring
                                                              more beneficiaries under PMGDISHA. Equipped with the
                                                              modern computers and high-speed centre, his centre has
                                                              successfully registered 240 candidates.

                                                              Even his wife Sandhya is running CSC and has registered 250
                                                              candidates.

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CHHATTISGARH

Minister awards
PMGDISHA
Certificates
 Honorable Minister of State for Steel and Mines Shri Vishnu
 Deo Sai distributed PMGDISHA certificates during an event
 held at Kumekela village in Jashpur district. As many as sev-
 en students have received PMGDISHA certificates during
 event and a student was gifted with Pen drive for his out-
 standing performance. Chief Guest also motivated to stu-
 dents of PMGDISHA and praised the digital literacy program.

                                                             Sirri Panchayat Sarpanch Janavi Devi distributed PMGDISHA
                                                             certificates to the beneficiaries from Janjgir Champa district
                                                             in the state.

                                                             More than 300 villagers were present for the event. VLE
                                                             Direndra Sunhare and Government School Headmaster Mr.
                                                             Ram Prakash Ratre coordinated the event. A campaign for
                                                             PMGDISHA was also held.

                                                                                          Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                                                          Government of India
MAHARASHTRA

In tandem with the Prime Minister’s vision on Digital India,
the VLEs have been hosting number of workshops in the dis-
trict level to enrol more number of candidates to the ambi-
tious digital literacy project.

Educating the denizens about the scheme and its benefits,
the awareness camps and workshops at the various levels
saw a huge participation from the villagers. As a result of the
tireless efforts from the VLEs, PMGDISHA training centres
have been approved in gram panchayats of the Osmanabad
district. District Manager Amol Vankalas and Mahesh Jagda-
le played key role in popularising the scheme in the district.

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MANIPUR

                                                                 As part of National Panchayat Day, a special gram sabha
                                                                 meeting discussed about PMGDISHA and services delivered
                                                                 through CSC. The meeting shed light on the benefits of the
                                                                 scheme and encouraged the villagers come forward with an
                                                                 active participation.

                                                                 The officials from CSC spoke on the others digital services

     PMGDISHA
                                                                 delivered through CSC platforms across the district.

     meeting hosted
     PMGDISHA state consultant Dilip Wangkhem and district
     consultant Munindro Sapam jointly chaired a meeting held at
     the District Information Technology (DIT), Imphal. As many
     as six VLEs participated during the event.

     The VLEs were asked to accelerate the registration and
     training process to achieve complete digital literacy status.
     Various problems and issues were discussed with the state
     and district officials and Training Centres from Imphal West.
     Establishment of training centre like NIELIT and IGNOU were
     also being discussed. Apart from PMGDISHA, state consult-
     ant also emphasized the importance of services available
     in the portal where a VLE is responsible to carry out at his/
     her locality and promote CSC, Banking, Insurance, Education,
     etc.

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                                                                                          Government of India
ODISHA

VLE Profile:
Dhiman Mandal                                                      VLE Profile:
Dhiman initiated to start a CSC at Mandapally Panchayat in
the state not for his personal benefit but to do his part for
serving the nation. He began a door-to-door campaign to
popularise PMGDISHA and Digital India. VLE explained them
                                                                   Dushmanta
the necessity by connecting with their daily needs which was
more convincing for the villagers. With the support of district
coordinators and panchayat authorities, he started training
                                                                   Kumar Pradhan
the villagers.
                                                                  Dushmanta, after completing his higher studies, aspired for
                                                                  a government job. However he was destined to serve the vil-
                                                                  lagers by running a CSC centre. He sought the information
                                                                  by contacting the toll free number and was excited to know
                                                                  about the digital services delivered through CSC.

                                                                  He initially started with PMGDISHA enrolling the whole
                                                                  neighbourhood for the project. “Though I had to cross many
                                                                  hurdles for delivering the quality service, it got better over
                                                                  the period. The low connectivity of internet was the primary
                                                                  glitch. However, we have upgraded the internet services at a
                                                                  4G speed,” says the VLE.

                                                                  Apart from the Kothabhuin gram panchayat officials, the den-
                                                                  izens also extended their total support to make the project a
                                                                  big success.

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VLE Profile:
Jayaram Prusty
Word of mouth is one of the powerful forms of advertise-
ment for CSC and that is how Jayaram started a CSC at Ka-
bera gram panchayat. He heard about the CSC services from
his friend and immediately sought more information through
the websites and toll free number.

Enthusiastic Jayaram immediately contacted the Dhenkanal
District Manager and registered a CSC ID. He completed reg-
istering 215 candidates under PMGDISHA. Apart from the
digital literacy programme he is now delivering most of the
e-serivces through his centre.

                                                              Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                              Government of India
PUNJAB

 VLE Shushil Kumar
 distributed PMGDISHA
 certificates at Patiala
 district. A total of
 90 beneficiaries
 certificates during the
 event.

                                                                VLE Shushil Kumar
                                                                distributed PMGDISHA
                                                                certificates at Patiala
                                                                district. A total of 90
                                                                beneficiaries certificates
                                                                during the event.

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RAJASTHAN

Redefining                                                      “I didn’t have any computer or digital device at my home.
                                                                As my entire education was from Sanskrit medium even

entrepreneurship
                                                                the school did not facilitate any training computer. So, the
                                                                biggest hurdle was to first equip myself by knowing the ma-
                                                                chine,” said the VLE.

While the world laments and bemoans problems, change-           “My parents did not support me in this venture as I was dig-
makers are resolute in their belief for change. Village-level   itally illiterate. However, I started learning stuffs on my own
Entrepreneur Samkit Jain is one such changemaker from           and by discussing it with some of the experts I knew,” he add-
Kishangarh of Rajasthan.                                        ed.

Launching digital services in the hamlet through Common         Samkit Jain did Course on Computer Concepts (CCC) by
Service Centre with just a capital of Rs. 2000, Mr. Jain now    NIELIT after launching the CSC. Initially, 100 transactions a
earns around Rs. 30,000 to 40,000. He began exploring en-       day was a big deal for the VLE. However, Mr. Jain presently
trepreneurship after becoming a VLE under CSC and E-Mitra       provides digital services to more than a 1000 villagers.
Kendra, Government of Rajasthan.
                                                                On completion of three years, Samkit Jain has done more
Despite of repeated pressures from the parents and relatives    than 61,000 service transactions. More than Rs. 3 crore has
of earning a secured job, Jain was well-determined to be in-    been transacted under digital payment solutions. “Today, I
dependent by launching a startup. He rented a shop with just    have got 3 computers and my father and mother are part of
a single computer to provide digital services in the village.   the process. I would also like to employ few minority citizens
However, the biggest challenge was he himself had to get        in the near future.
trained before serving the citizens.

                                                                                           Ministry of Electronics and
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                                                                                           Government of India
VLE Profile:
Neelam Sood
Enrolling farmers, housewives, labourers and even students,
VLE Neelam Sood is serving Khajoori Gram Panchayat in a
unique way.

According to Neelam, more than 50 percent of the women
population from the panchayat had willingly approached to
undergo the 10-day digital literacy programme. Even the stu-
dents from IX grade to XII grade reaped the benefits of PMG-
DISHA after completing the training programme.

“The villagers were always fascinated about computers and
digital devices. That inspired me to impart the digital training
and the villagers actively participated,” said VLE.

Neelam even expanded his services to the neighbouring vil-
lages after the huge success in Khajoori panchayat.

     VLE Profile:
     Geeta Rani
     Committed to make the women population of Sri Gangana-
     gar district digitally literate, Geeta Rani introduced PMGDIS-
     HA. As the villagers lacked awareness on the need of being
     digitally literate, Geeta had to struggle to get beneficiaries
     on board. However, her relentless effort led to registration of
     250 candidates.

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VLE Profile:
VLE Profile:                                                 Sunil Kumar
                                                             Sunil initiated to start a CSC at 19GD Panchayat in

Suman Verma
                                                             Ganganagar District not for his personal benefit but to do
                                                             his part for serving the nation. He began a door-to-door
                                                             campaign to popularise PMGDISHA and Digital India.
VLE Suman Verma is running PMGDISHA centre in Sankhu         VLE also hosted number of awareness camps to create a
gram panchayat of Churu district in Rajasthan. She trained   buzz in the village. He explained them the necessity by
and certified 250 students under PMGDISHA and about 127      connecting with their daily needs which was more convincing
students under CSR. Post Graduate Suman Verma trained        for the villagers.
students about cashless transactions, general computer
knowledge, internet etc.                                     With the support of district coordinators and panchayat
                                                             authorities, he started training the villagers.
She trained about 50% female students. She has 10
computers lab in her center and conducting classes with
projector . Apart from PMGDISHA , Suman verma also
offering other education services like spoken English, CCC                            Ministry of Electronics and
to37   CSC e-Governance Services India Limited I May 2018
   students.                                                                          Information Technology (MeitY)
                                                                                      Government of India
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VLE Profile:
Anand Murugesan
“Digital Learning is learning facilitated by technology that
gives students some element of control over time, place, path
and/or pace.” VLE Anand Murugesan uses this statement to
inspire more students for digital literacy programme under
PMGDISHA.

The villagers has started browsing different government
websites and started accessing emails and other social
media platforms after completing the training programme.

According to beneficiaries, Anand helped them to book the
railway and bus tickets digitally.

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