Explained DISHA (Digital Saksharta Abhiyaan)

GOI launched a programme to invest Rs 450-500 crore on providing basic computer education to about 50 lakh people over the next three years with the help of private companies.

The investment will be made under a project called Disha in certain identified districts.The computer literacy programme is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Digital India, which hopes to bridge the digital divide in the country.

The government will choose the districts where this programme will be run. One person would be chosen from every eligible household for training.

The main objective of the programme is to declare the selected blocks and districts 100 per cent digitally literate.

Computer literacy will be key to the success of the project through which the government hopes to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats throughout the country at a cost of Rs 1.13 lakh crore.

Government hopes to deliver a string of services such as e-education, e-health and e-governance through a national broadband network which is expected to be in place by 2017.

DISHA was launched by PM in Jharkhand in 2014. The programme offers two-hour, 10-hour and 20-hour courses in local languages. This will help in training the people. Credit: SriRam IAS.

MGNREGA Act: Review of implementation

In the recently concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament , the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development released a report on the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Development Act, 2005 (MGNREGA).  This blog provides a brief introduction to the key provisions of MGNREGA , followed by an overview of the major findings and recommendations of the Standing Committee.