Launch of National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Program

“IT Mass Literacy Program at Telangana”

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India has approved the “Scheme for IT Mass Literacy”. One of the core objectives of the National Policy on IT is to make one person in every household in the country e-literate.

Shri.Harpreet Singh Secretary ITE&C garu has officially launched this program in Telangana State and explained the importance of Digital Literacy to citizens in rural areas. He has distributed Tablets to 40 Meeseva operators (VLE’s) who have come from 4 pilot Mandals.

Director ESD Shri.B.Sridhar IAS, Govt. of Telangana (State Implementation Agency) and Shri. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Tyagi – CEO CSC SPV,GoI (National implementation Agency) have signed a MoU in Presence of Shri.Harpreet Singh – Secretary ITE & C Govt of Telangana. Joint Collector Karimnagar Shri. Sarfaraz Ahmed & Joint Collector Nalgonda Dr.Preeti Meena, Special officer GADA Shri.Hanumantharao garu participated in the program and assured full support at district level.

4 pilot Mandals in 4 districts have been identified for the implementation of this project i.e Gajwel (Medak), Suryapeta – (Nalgonda), Sircilla – (Karimnagar), Achampet – (Mahaboobnagar). A total of 30,000 people will be trained under NDLM-IT Mass Literacy program (7500 per Mandal) in first phase. NDLM Learning centers will be setup in these locations accessible to people where training will be imparted and assessments are done.

The brand name for the mission in Telangana would be Prati Inta e-Sakshatha.

An objective of this program is to make a person IT Literate so that one can operate a computer, mobile phone & other basic digital device(s) send and receive emails and search Internet. There are 2 categories L1- 20 hrs course and L2- 40 hrs course for citizens.

This program enables to identify non IT Literates in age groups of 14-60 years and train them on IT Literacy. A count of 10 VLE’s (Meeseva Operators) from each Mandal have been identified to carry out a survey to identify the NON IT Literates. A count of 60,000 people will be surveyed in these Mandals to identify 30,000 beneficiaries. A count of 40 Tablets have been distributed to these VLE’s loaded with NDLM Application so as to facilitate the process in which the NDLM beneficiary data is collected digitally and submitted to NDLM server. For BPL families a wage loss compensation of Rs.300 for L1 category and Rs.600 for L2 category training has been provisioned. NDLM beneficiary Survey at Telangana is estimated to be completed by 10th of January 2015 and training of the beneficiaries is targeted to be completed by 31st March 2015.

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