Department of Electronics and Information Technology to spend Rs 300 crore on skilling, e-literacy

February 16 21:15 2017 Print This Article

To put a thrust on digital literacy, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEIT) will train 11 lakh people for jobs scheme, during 2017-18. The total outlay for manpower development has been pegged at over Rs 306.7 crore which would go into rural digital literacy programme for 75 lakh families, and capacity building in niche areas for 2,000 trained persons, according to the `Output-Outcome framework for Schemes 2017-18′ for the Department.

The outlay for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) stands at Rs 900 crore for FY’18, with deliverables spanning pan India residents’ enrolment services, and facilitating the development of Aadhaar-enabled applications and payments.

Digital India – the flagship program of the Department – has been earmarked an outlay of Rs 1,672.7 crore which includes expansion of initiatives for digital empowerment of citizens, and digital infrastructure as utility, among others.

As much of Rs 100 crore would go into cyber security projects and programmes that entails eEvidence scheme, Emergency Response System, Emergency Response Centres, besides IT Act amendments.

About Rs 745 crore outlay has been set aside for promotion of electronic and IT hardware manufacturing, that includes the Modified Special Incentives Package Scheme (M-SIPS) scheme, Electronics Development Fund, mega Electronic System and Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) policy during 2017-18. The outlay for promotion of electronics manufacturing also entails `electropreneurs park’ and incubators programme.

The outlay for electronics governance and National Knowledge Network have been pegged at Rs 261 crore and Rs 150 crore, respectively, during the next fiscal. The National Knowledge Network outlay would be used for links to 50 additional institutions and high-speed data network across knowledge institutions in the country.

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