Mumbai, Oct 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) today at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. His two-day visit to Gujarat begins from today where he will lay the Foundation Stones of a bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka, inaugurate several development projects, and will address a public meeting.

The PM Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) aimed at imparting digital literacy to citizens in rural areas will be launched today,” PM Modi writes on Twitter.

PMGDISHA is government initiative with an objective to impart digital literacy among the people residing in rural areas. It is an important initiative under Modi’s vision of ‘Digital India’ that intends at making one person in every family digitally literate.

This scheme will focus on making at last six crore people in rural areas (across States/UTs) digitally literate. By March 31, 2019, it is expected to reach around 40 per cent rural households in the country.

Under free of cost PMGDISHA scheme, people in the rural area will be trained to operate a computer, tablet, smartphones, etc. They will be taught how to access the Internet, government services, undertake digital payment, compose e-mails, etc.

The citizens of rural India will be taught to use applications related to digital payments so they can participate in the process of nation-building. This scheme will help to connect the digital divide.

The marginalised sections of society like Scheduled Castes (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST), Minorities, Below Poverty Line (BPL), differently-abled, all will be a part of this scheme. The scheme aims to empower women in the rural India.

Illiterate people between the age group 14-60 years, nominated from every eligible rural household, are qualified for the scheme.