Towards digital literacy of all
The Digital India project, launched last July by the country’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is going strong. As described by Forbes, it is an effort to “modernize and dramatically expand the country’s digital infrastructure” and the Indian government is not measuring efforts towards enabling “every citizen with access to digital services, knowledge and information”.
The plan is centred around 3 key areas, namely: Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens. Included in those areas are important objectives such as universal digital literacy, free Wi-Fi in all schools and training people in smaller towns and villages for IT sector jobs.
Earlier this month an article on Business Standard mentioned Mr. Shankar Prasad’s, Minister for Communication & Information Technology, concern for digital inclusion for all citizens as he asked for support from software developers. He urged such companies to develop apps in regional languages to take into account the national language diversity (there are 22 official languages in total).
“National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) or Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (DISHA) envisages provision of digital literacy training to 52.5 Lakh persons1, one in every eligible household of the country. Anganwadi workers, ASHA workers and authorized ration dealers have also been included in this scheme. The objective is to impart basic ICT skills which would enable the citizen to use IT and related applications and participate actively in the democratic process and further enhance opportunities for their livelihood.”
Digital India’s official website provides progress updates and thorough information on the program’s structure and goals.
1 52.5 Lakh persons equal 5250000 persons.