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Kerala Akshaya RTI: 33.1 Lakh Families Trained, 100% E-literacy In 5 Districts

As of April 2013, 33.1 lakh families (33,10,280) from seven districts of Kerala have been provided computer education with 24.63 million families (24,63,094) trained through Akshaya centres set up by the government since 2002 and 8.57 lakh families (8,57,186) trained through other sources, the Akshaya State Project Office has said in response to the RTI filed by Medianama. According to their website, Project Akshaya was started as a pilot project in the district of Malappuram on November 18, 2002 to make at least one member in each of 64 lakh families of Kerala, an e-literate. As per the website, this project was supposed to unfold in three phases with basic skill in computer operations and the knowledge of using the Internet being imparted to them in Phase I, however the organization hasn't disclosed any specific details of Phase II & III on their website. It seems that either their website has not been updated or wrong data is being presented to public viewing on their website. The website also claims that 100% e-literacy has been achieved in eight districts during Phase I of the project. However, according to the RTI response received, only Malappuram has achieved 100% e-literacy during Phase I while districts of Kannur, Kozhikode, Kasargod and Kollam have achieved 100% e-literacy during Phase II, which sum up to a total of five districts and not eight districts as claimed by the website. Eranakulam and Thrissur have achieved only 85% and 89% e-literacy during Phase II of the project. The RTI response also…

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