Google India’s ‘Internet Saathi’ programme to empower rural women

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  1. The Internet Sathi Programme will be expanded in the villages of Punjab and Odisha.
  2. The Internet Sathi programme is an initiative by Google India and Tata Trusts. It was launched in 2015.
  3. The programme aims to facilitate digital literacy among women in rural India.
  4. Under the programme, women (Internet Sathis) are educated on how to use the internet. These women, in turn, impart training to other women in their community and neighbouring villages.
  5. The programme started as a pilot in Rajasthan. It has since then expanded to 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states.