Deadline: May 29,2017, 23:45 PM IST
Graphics designers and creative writers have a busy weekend this time as the last date of the logo and design contest launched by the central government under the flagship of Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) inches in.
The last date for submission is May 29, 2017. The winning entry will be awarded a prize equivalent to Rs 50,000 each for logo design and slogan. Top three entries will also be given certificates.
It may be mentioned here that Government of India approved PMGDISHA in February last with the objective of making 6 crore persons in rural areas, across states and union territories, digitally literate, reaching to around 40% of rural households by covering one member at least from every eligible household.
“Digital Literacy is the ability of individuals and communities to understand and use digital technologies for meaningful actions within life situations”.
Making one person in every household digitally literate is one of the integral components of the Prime Minister Vision of “Digital India”. The PMGDISHA scheme envisages to provide digital literacy training to 6 crore persons in rural areas of the country.
That apart, to ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
Special focus would be on training the beneficiaries on use of Electronic Payment System. The outcome measurement criteria would include undertaking at least 5 electronic payments transactions by each beneficiary using UPI (including BHIM app) and USSD.
Universities and colleges are being engaged for carrying out Social Audit of the scheme through their students.
The digital literacy training of beneficiary would enable them to:
- Operate computers/digital access devices (like tablets, smartphones, etc.)
- Send and receive emails, browse the Internet, access Government Services
- Search for information
- Undertake cashless transactions using mobiles
The Scheme would empower the citizens from rural India in:
- Bridging the digital divide leading to digital inclusion
- Providing digital skills
- Preparing them to become a part of digital economy