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IT for Masses

Background

“IT for Masses” is a Plan Scheme of DeitY. It was introduced in the Tenth Five Year Plan, continued in the Eleventh Five Year Plan, retained in the Twelfth Five Year Plan.

The Working Group on Information Technology Sector for Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17) has considered and recommended continuance of the scheme in 12th Plan under ‘e-Inclusion’ as thrust area.

From 2013-14 onwards, IT for Masses Programme will be merged with Manpower Development Scheme of the Department.

Objective

Initiate / promote activities in ICT for focus groups and areas for inclusive growth of IT sector.

Source: Outcome Budget 2012-13 of DeitY

Strategy

The components of e-Inclusion are:

  • Using ICT for Capacity Building
  • IT infrastructure creation primarily at schools / colleges
  • Development of entrepreneurial skills in the identified target group
  • Development of electronic products, software tools and e-services.
  • Creation of e-Inclusion centres for development and deployment of IT products and solutions for differently-abled persons
  • Conducting studies and advocacy of e-Inclusion initiatives
  • Content creation in Indian languages
  • Develop appropriate systems and software for applications in areas like health, education, training and governance, which will facilitate inclusive development

Source: Report of the Working Group on IT Sector for Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17)

Towards achieving these objectives project proposals are initiated in the following areas:

  • Training
  • Infrastructure Development
  • Capacity Building

Target Groups

  • SC
  • ST
  • Gender
  • Minorities
  • Differently-abled
  • Senior citizens

Source: Report of the Working Group on IT Sector for Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17)

Target Areas

To achieve greater equity and inclusivity, there is a need to concentrate efforts in selected geographical areas, comprising of:

  • North East Region
  • Blocks & Districts having more than 40% SC / ST population
  • Backward Districts

Source: Report of the Working Group on IT Sector for Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-17)

Allocation & Expenditure:

Year GBS Approved (B.E.)
(Rupees in Crore)
GBS Approved (R.E.)
(Rupees in Crore)
Actual Expenditure
(Rupees in Crore)
2007-08 to 2011-12 55.94 58.29 43.20

Twelfth Plan Allocation & Expenditure

Year GBS Approved (B.E.)
(Rupees in Crore)
GBS Approved (R.E.)
(Rupees in Crore)
Actual Expenditure
(Rupees in Crore)
2012-13 16.94 7.06 7.02

Note: From 2013-14 onwards, IT for Masses Programme will be merged with Manpower Development Scheme of the Department.

Eleventh Plan - Achievements

Year Number of on-going projects Number of projects completed Number of beneficiaries - Completed projects
2007-08 to 2011-12 22
(Spill over to 12th Plan)
38 2,95,468

Twelfth Plan - Achievements

Year Number of on-going projects Number of projects completed Number of beneficiaries - Completed projects
2012-13 20 43 3,05,912

Projects have been implemented in 25 States & 2 UTs.

Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Bihar, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Maharashtra, Delhi and Chandigarh.

Project Implementing Agencies (On-going Projects)

  • Centre for Development of Advance Computing (C-DAC)
  • National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT – formerly DOEACC)
  • Haryana State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (HARTRON), Haryana
  • Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd. (KEONICS), Karnataka
  • Tripura State Council for Science & Technology, Tripura
  • Raj COMP, Rajasthan
  • Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Madhya Pradesh
  • North Orissa University, Odisha

 

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