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Women to play a big role in social transformation through digital revolution

ICTpost News Network

New Delhi: Feb 20, 2016

Over 2000 women from across the country gathered in the national capital today to celebrate the struggle and success of harnessing the Common Service Centers to create digital literacy and offer e-services.

Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was chief guest at the event, stressed on the grassroots information technology access that CSCs are creating, apart from acting as instruments of engendering social change.The Minister added that the services offered by CSCs are allowing digital access to services for the poorest and hence reducing corruption and malpractices.

Under Digital India programme, Common Service Centres would be strengthened and its number would be increased from approximately 135,000 operational at present to 250,000 i.e. one CSC in each Gram Panchayat. CSCs would be made viable, multi-functional end-points for delivery of government and business services. DeitY would be the nodal department to implement the scheme.

Recalling the big role played by women in the white revolution, referring to the dairy revolution in India, Minister expressed the hope that women will also play a fundamental role in information technology revolution for creating social change.

He also launched a coffee table book showcasing 100 stories of the women VLEs from across the country. Several women were felicitated through awards given by the Minister for their outstanding contributions through their CSCs.

In his welcome address, Chief Executive Officer, CSC SPV, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Tyagi explained the purpose of the conference by stressing that the struggles and successes of the women VLEs were similar and which need to be shared, including the innovations and solutions that many of them have come up with during the course of their work.

The women shared their experiences through panel discussions and questions from the audience at the Siri Fort Auditorium.