“We are making Rajasthan strong, aggressive, and a progressive state. Women are our new strength and they are going to unleash new energy.” — Vasundhara Raje, Hon’ble chief minister of Rajasthan.
Since 2008, when Rajasthan’s Hon’ble chief minister (CM) Vasundhara Raje launched the Bhamashah Yojana for the women of the state, the world outside has witnessed the rise of women in the state both socially and professionally.
This has been possible because of the state government’s efforts to empower women financially and equip them with essential technological know-how, which has, in turn, given them the self-confidence to lead their lives independently and lead the way for others as well.
As the Inc42 team observed during its Digital Rajasthan Yatra through six cities in March 2018, the government has made sweeping changes at the ground level to work towards its two-fold vision of making at least one female in every household e-literate as well as to increase overall digital literacy in the state. The aim of this campaign is to bridge the digital divide between the genders and bring women to the mainstream with a better lifestyle and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Taking a significant step ahead in this direction, the government has now added yet another programme to its host of women-related schemes: e-Sakhi. ‘Sakhi’ in Hindi means friend while ‘e’ refers to ‘electronic’, the buzzword in all domains these days.
e-Sakhi is a digital literacy programme initiated by the Department of Information Technology and Communication (DoITC), Government of Rajasthan, with the aim of making every individual in the state being digitally literate. Under eSakhi, the government will leverage the state’s “girl power”, wherein young women in the age group 20-35 will act as patrons in charting the course to a Digital Rajasthan.