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10 Vol. 40 No. 3 - August 2018 Issue A new scheme, to digitally empower rural inhabitants in India, aims to make rural India a key part of Digital India and boost the country’s economic growth. Leveraging Digital Literacy By Sujiv Nair, Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad for Rural Empowerment - a Synergistic Skills Implementation Methodology India has tremendous potential to emerge as a global leader in social, political, cultural and economic spheres but this can become reality only when it mobilises the majority of its population, which is poor and lives in rural areas. For this to happen, it is important to empower people by making Digital India a reality. The National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM), as well as subsequent schemes, are aimed at empowering citizens in rural areas by training them to operate computers or digital access devices. This is a great initiative for central, state and local government policies and programmes to promote and gain acceptability for digitisation and leverage it for overall economic growth. An eye on digital literacy Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan (PMGDISHA) is the scheme which aims to make citizens in rural areas across States/UTs, digitally literate, reaching around 40% of rural households by covering one member from every eligible household by 31 March 2019 . The Scheme would empower citizens in rural areas by training them to operate computers or digital access devices (such as tablets, smart phones etc.); send and receive e-mails; browse the Internet; access government services; search for information and undertake digital payments. This enables them to use Information Technology and related applications, especially digital payments, to actively participate in the process scte india Sujiv Nair, Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

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