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Telangana launched `e-Literate at every home' national programme
Narendra Ch | 22 Dec 2014

The Telangana government has launched a national programme to make one person in every household an e-literate through its `Prati Inta e-Sakshatha' (e-Literate at every home) as part of Government of India's Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) ambitious initiative "Scheme for IT Mass Literacy".

Formally launching the program in Telangana, Information Technology, Electronics & Communications (ITE&C) Secretary Harpreet Singh distributed Tablets to 40 Meeseva operators (VLE's) who have come from four pilot mandals.

ESD Director B Sridhar and CSC SPV CEO Dr Dinesh Kumar Tyagi have signed an MoU in the presence of Harpreet Singh. The four pilot mandals in four districts were identified as Gajwel (Medak), Suryapeta (Nalgonda), Sircilla (Karimnagar) and Achampet (Mahabubnagar). A total of 30,000 people will be trained under NDLM-IT Mass Literacy program (7,500 per mandal) in first phase. NDLM learning centers will be setup in these locations accessible to people where training will be imparted and assessments would be done.

ESD Director B Sridhar and CSC SPV CEO Dr Dinesh Kumar Tyagi have signed an MoU in the presence of Harpreet Singh. The four pilot mandals in four districts were identified as Gajwel (Medak), Suryapeta (Nalgonda), Sircilla (Karimnagar) and Achampet (Mahabubnagar). A total of 30,000 people will be trained under NDLM-IT Mass Literacy program (7,500 per mandal) in first phase. NDLM learning centers will be setup in these locations accessible to people where training will be imparted and assessments would be done.

 The brand name for the mission in Telangana would be 'Prati Inta e-Sakshatha'. The objective of this program is to make a person IT literate so that one can operate a computer, mobile phone and other basic digital devices, send and receive emails and search Internet. There are two categories L1- 20 hrs course and L-2 40 hrs course for citizens.

 This program enables to identify non IT literates in the age group of 14- 60 years and train them. 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 March 31, 2015. 

Speaking at the launch of the pilot phase, CEO of CSC Dinesh Kumar Tyagi said, "Over 90% of the Indian population is not e-literate. The plethora of knowledge available on the internet is very vast and the best way to educate the masses is by empowering them through basic computer and mobile operational training courses. The course is entirely online and will be conducted by the various departments working in rural areas."

The entire program is based online and the first exercise proposed is to conduct a survey of eligible people willing to learn the course. Harpreet Singh, Secretary to the IT and Panchayat Raj department said the course was designed to benefit rural populace. "Telangana is the 20th state to sign this MoU with the central government. We aim to cover 30,000 people in 4 mandals of 4 districts in the first phase. 

There will be two levels of courses. The first level will include introduction to operating a computer, accessing the internet and finding information of their interest. Level two will feature slightly advanced tasks such as making bill payments, communicating using web browsers, handling GUI based operating systems etc."

The entire exercise will be organized by village level administrations. Village Level Entreprenuers (VLE) will be responsible for surveying their respective mandals to identify suitable and willing people for the program. For every person identified, the VLEs will be rewarded a payment of Rs 12.