Google had launched the 'Internet Saathi' program in 2015, along with Tata Trusts, and Google has reached a milestone of 100,000 villages with its Internet Saathi programme.
Google had launched the ‘Internet Saathi’ program in 2015, along with Tata Trusts, and Google has reached a milestone of 100,000 villages with its Internet Saathi programme. Launched as a pilot in Rajasthan in July 2015 along with Tata Trusts, Google announced the ambitious plans to scale the programme, to cover 300,000 villages across India in December 2015. In its two year journey, the programme has continued to gain momentum and is today live in ten states in India. 25,000 fully trained Internet Saathis are working everyday across these villages to help women and children learn about the Internet.
In total, over 10 million women have gained from the programme so far and have become familiar with the benefits of using the internet in their daily lives, a company release said here today. Further, on the second-year anniversary of the program, Google also announced the expansion of the program in two new states — Haryana and Bihar.
“In Haryana, the initiative has already started to roll out and will be covering nearly 1,000 villages and in Bihar the program has kicked off from Ramnagar, Bagaha, Lauria, Manjha and Chakai villages and we will be covering nearly 7,000 villages expanding it further later in the year,” the company said in a stateme