Friday, March 7, 2008

Scheme to give rural women a boost

BANGALORE: Forget political leaders making pious promises on the International Women's Day (March 8). In Karnataka, the authorities are truly giving a boost to Stree Shakti.

To connect villages with the virtual world and to provide self-employment to educated rural women, the state government is launching a scheme, E-Mahile.

The Women Development Corporation has already launched the pilot project in 10 districts. As many as 300 women (members of Self-Help Groups) are undergoing training. The training, which has begun, will end this month-end. The women would operate a kiosk, which will have a computer, digital camera, educational CDs, projector and a screen.

Governor's adviser P K H Tharakan and Women and Child Development Secretary Shalini Rajneesh told reporters here on Thursday that at the kiosks, the villagers will have direct access to information like weather data, agriculture produce marketing process, ticketing of railways or KSRTC buses. The women who run the kiosks will charge a nominal fee for giving the data. They are expected to earn Rs 7,000 per month.

The networking will have Healthcare Network with various hospitals providing round-the-clock ambulance facility for rural masses. The insurance scheme is extended to all villagers who become its members by paying Rs 90 per annum. The districts selected are - Chitradurga, Bijapur, Davanagere, Haveri, Dharwad, Belgaum, Ramanagaram, Hassan, Bangalore urban and Bangalore rural.

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