Sanchar Shakti envisages bringing together the combined efforts and contributions of Department of Telecommunication (DoT), Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), mobile and Mobile Value Added Service Providers, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers and their partner NGOs to use ICT to empower rural women. NABARD and U.N Women have also been involved in the development of this scheme.
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the President of India launched “Sanchar Shakti”, a DOT-USOF’s “Scheme for Mobile Value Added Service (VAS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) related Livelihood Skills for Women’s SHGs in rural India. A book “Sanchar Shakti” on the scheme specially designed by the National Institute of Design was released by Shri Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister of Communications and IT and presented to the President marking the eve of International Women’s Day.
The Sanchar Shakti scheme includes four categories of projects aimed at rural women’s SHGs:
a) Provision of subsidized mobile VAS subscription to SHGs with a service validity/warranty of at least one year
b) Setting up of SHG run mobile repair centers in rural areas
c) Setting up of SHG run modem repair centers in rural areas
d) Setting up of SHG run solar based mobile/CDMA FWT charging centers in rural areas