100 BPOs catering to women, SC/ST to come up in Bihar: Prasad
New Delhi: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that 100 BPOs would be opened at Common Service Centres (CSCs) in Bihar as part of the government's efforts to empower women and people belonging to Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribe.
"We have started programmes to open BPO centres. We will be opening smaller BPO centres of 5-10 seats for SC and ST in villages," Prasad, the minister for Electronics, IT and Law and Justice, told reporters in Patna while addressing a function on 'The Vision and Mission of Dr B R Ambedkar' organised by the Electronics and IT ministry on the occasion of Ambedkar's birth anniversary.
While addressing CSC Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) on the occasion, Prasad said, "BPO centres have already come up in Patna and Muzaffarpur, while such centres would soon be opened in smaller cities like Samastipur, Dewaria, Ghazipur, etc."
Prasad also said that the government is taking steps to empower the SCs and STs with technology and a special digital literacy drive on a "mission mode" would be launched soon. Besides, the best performing VLEs, run by SC and ST, would be rewarded Rs 1 lakh cash prize, Prasad said. Emphasising on the need for increasing digital literacy in the country, the minister said the central government has set a target of making 6 crore people digitally literate under PM Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA).