Role of digital literacy and skill development programs in strengthening Indian rural economy
Sanjeev C Shirpurkar
Digital literacy and skill development are not only the foundation of the current global economy, but also the essential requirement of continuous progress in the 21st century. The path to build a new India would pass through rural India itself. In our country, the vast labour force resides in rural India only. Rural India is full of food production, fruit and vegetable production, milk production and natural resource. The need of the hour is to digitally educate every capable hand and strengthen it through skill development to make Indian rural economy self-sufficient. If we have to take India from the developing nation to the developed nation than we have to focus on the skill development of that work force of rural India. After independence, priority was given to urban development but practical efforts are being made during last few years to strengthening rural economy through various rural development programs. Through the schemes like Digital India, Skill India, Startup India, Make in India, Swayam, Pradhan mantri mudra bank Yojna, Deendayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushal Yojna, Udaan-rural youth are being admitted for employment and for self-employment. Similarly, Efforts are being made to make the youth skilled in more than 700 different areas by establishing digital literacy and skill development centers at the district and Panchayati level. If the majority of the population of rural India is skilled, than the problem of our excesses can prove to be a boon for us. By making each hand skilled and employment oriented, we can definitely move forward towards the golden age of economic prosperity.