In an attempt to bridge the digital divide, the Sanchar Shakti scheme
envisages creating ICT skills among rural women by providing useful
information to women about health, social issues and government schemes
over their mobile phones. The scheme seeks involvement of women Self
Help Groups for its successful implementation.
President Pratibha Patil on Monday launched DoT-USOFs' pilot project
Sanchar Shakti, which aims to provide useful information to women, about
health, social issues and government schemes over their mobile phones.
The scheme, which is funded by Department of Telecom's (DoT)
Universal Service Obligation Funds (USOFs), is for mobile value-added
services and information and communication technologies (ICT) related
livelihood skills for Women's Self Help Groups.
"The scheme is initiated as a gender budget scheme, it adopts an
innovative approach to connect rural women with the information and
communication technologies (ICT) sector, by involving women Self Help
Groups (SHGs)," Patil told reporters.
It will also serve the purpose of increasing the tele density, as
well as broad band connectivity in rural areas, enabling them to join
the cyber community and in this way, bridge the digital divide, states
the details of the scheme.
With the creation of ICT skills sets in rural areas, over a period of
time, these areas can become centres for the consumption and production
of various ICT goods and services, including hubs for processing
outsourced work, it added.
Patil added, "Real development cannot take root if it bypasses women,
who represent the very pivot around which social change takes shape."
(Source:One world South Asia News)