The government plans to provide digital literacy to around 60 million rural households in the next three years, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced on Monday.
“We now plan to launch the digital literacy mission scheme for rural India to cover around six crore additional households in the next three years, details of the scheme will be spelt out separately,” Jaitley said in Parliament, while announcing the Union Budget 2016-17.
The government has already approved two schemes to promote digital literacy -- National Digital Literacy Mission and Digital Saksharta Abhiyan.
“We need to spread digital literacy in rural areas. Of the 16.8 crore rural households, as many as 12 crore households do not have computers and are unlikely to have digitally literate people,” Jaitley said.
Digital literacy is the knowledge to handle devices such as computers, tablet PCs, smartphones, and internet usage -- a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s e-governance initiatives.