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What the government has been saying in the Parliament about digital learning

Legislators from the in the Parliament from the BJP, YSR Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and the Revolutionary Socialist Party have submitted questions on digital learning to the government, as the subject continues to attract scrutiny due to questions around equitable access and learning outcomes. Below are the summaries of the government's responses to those questions. Six Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha — Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rodmal Nagar of the BJP, Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu and Talari Rangaiah of the YSR Congress Party, Sisir Adhikari of the Trinamool Congress, and NK Premachandran of the Revolutionary Socialist Party — have received responses to questions on the subject. Providing electronics to children: The ministry sidestepped a question on what was being done to make students from underprivileged backgrounds get access to electronic devices to attend online classes. In response, it simply offered up a link to the India Report Digital Education published by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, which details the schemes and undertakings that have been introduced for online learning. "State governments have been directed to act," one response said, "to meet the demands of all students including economically weaker students and tribes especially for providing them with the digital access required for learning digitally." Central schemes: The government pointed to PM eVIDYA, a scheme it said aims to promote "multi-mode" digital learning through mediums like radio, SMS-based audio requests, toll free numbers and TV in addition to the internet. On television, the government said it was…

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