Meghalaya plans digital literacy for citizens

The state government has inked a deal with leading social enterprise outfit—Basix Academy—to impart basic computer lessons to the people

Meghalaya government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with BASIX Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Limited (B-ABLE) in order to provide digital literacy to the public, particularly in the rural areas.

The MOU was signed in Shillong between Meghalaya Information Technology Society (MITS), an agency under the state Department of IT.

As per understanding B-ABLE will provide and deliver through Instructor-Led-Training (ILT) for up-to 800 participants the Microsoft Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum for people of the state through the existing Common Service Centres (CSC).

“The state government is reviving the CSC’s in the rural areas and many citizen services will be available online. Therefore, it is very important that the citizens of the state have working knowledge of computer applications.

This course will enable people break the digital gap and help them make full use of the government services that is available online,” a statement said.

The courses to be offered with contain computer basics, Internet and the digital lifestyles and others.

Meghalaya government is investing Rs 2,780 per citizen in this program.

The agreement comes months after the centre announced that it was giving special focus on improving information and communication technology in the Northeast and was eyeing to provide digital literacy to the people living in remote areas of the region

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