PMGDISHA(Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Sakshatra Abhiyan:

 Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDISHA) has been initiated in line with the announcement made by Hon’ble Finance Minister during the union budget 2016-17 to provide digital literacy specifically in rural areas. PMGDISHA was approved by the government in February 2017. PMGDISHA would cover 6 crore persons, one member from every eligible household across all Gram Panchyats in States/UTs, and make them digitally literate.

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


The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has approved 'Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan' (PMGDISHA) to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. This is in line with the announcement made by Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2016-17. PMGDISHA is expected to be one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world.  

Digitally literate persons would be able to operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smart phones, etc.), send and receive emails, browse internet, access Government Services, search for information, undertaking cashless transactions, etc. and hence use IT to actively participate in the process of nation building.  

The implementation of the Scheme would be carried out by CSC SPV under the overall supervision of Ministry of Electronics and IT in active collaboration with States/UTs through their designated State Implementing Agencies, District e-Governance Society (DeGS), etc 


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 economically marginalized communities, due preference would be given to SC, ST, BPL, Minorities, women and differentlyabled persons. Priority would be given to non-smartphone users, Antyodaya households, college drop-outs, participants of the adult literacy mission etc.


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.


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. 


• 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. 

• 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 Centers in the selected Gram Panchayaths with the appropriate manpower requisite infrastructure. They are required to meet the following criteria: 


• 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 center shall provide support and assistance for at least two years after the training is over.

• Ensuring achievement of learning outcomes for each candidate.



 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.