The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to make one crore women 'e-literate' with the help of Google and other agencies in the next few years. A top government official said the women who are not computer literate would be taught about internet and its power under the e-shakti scheme.
"Women from rural areas will be empowered once they come to know the power of internet," Hariranjan Rao, secretary, department of information technology, told HT.
Officials from Google recently visited Bhopal and made a presentation before the state government. The proposal submitted to the government talked of imparting e-education to about two lakh women in the state.
However, impressed with the idea, government officials decided to include more rural women in the scheme.
Finally, the government decided to partner with more agencies to bring maximum women of the state under the e-literacy programme, official sources said.
"Those who are not e-literate have a negative impression about internet. For them it is wastage of time and source of nuisance. But it is the same internet where one can find details about government schemes. They can also find on it about how to improve the work they are engaged in. A huge number of rural women are employed in various kinds of cottage industries, and they can enhance their skills and business through internet," said a senior official.
Asked how the rural women will get computers or laptops, Rao said, "The objective of the scheme is to make the rural women e-literate. Once they know about the power of internet, they can take help from the younger family members. Moreover, in villages also smart-phones are now becoming popular."