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What Is the Role of Women in Digital India?

Ravi Shankar Prasad at the inauguration of the National Conference of Woman Village Level Entrepreneurs, in New Delhi on February 20, 2016

Ravi Shankar Prasad at the inauguration of the National Conference of Woman Village Level Entrepreneurs, in New Delhi on February 20, 2016

Over 2000 women from across the country gathered in New Delhi – the national capital – on Saturday to celebrate the struggle and success of harnessing the Common Service Centers (CSCs) 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.

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Recalling the big role played by women in the white revolution, referring to the dairy revolution in India, the 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 Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) from across the country. Several women were felicitated through awards given by the Minister for their contributions through their CSCs.

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

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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