Tata Trust, a non-sectarian philanthropic organisation of Tata Group, has tied up with Google India to provide so that they can use it in their daily lives.
The joint initiative called, Internet Saathi, will empower women and help bridge the technology gender divide in the country considering the fact that only 12 per cent of women in rural India know about or have access to Internet.
The initiative will kick off from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Jharkhand and will be rolled out across the country eventually reaching out to over 4,500 villages and 5 lakh women and rural communities across rural India over the next eighteen months.
Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, in a conference here said that," partnering with Google is a privilege as it is a company that has digitised the entire world."
Through the initiative, women in the rural markets will be provided with specially designed Internet cycle carts, where they can get access to Internet. The internet Cart would be available in the village for a minimum of two days every week for over a period of four to six months.
Rajan Anandan, VP and Managing Director of Google South East Asia and India said, “While women are making rapid progress on adoption of Internet in urban areas, women in rural India are getting left behind. We need to come together to address this challenge and empower women in rural India through training and programs that can truly transform their lives."