Centre Pushes Rural BPO Scheme For Women Participation
In what may boost the work opportunities of rural women, the Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is considering expanding its rural BPO scheme. The Centre has been encouraging a greater participation of rural women, especially housewives.
Prasad has informed that more than 35,000 of the total 48,300 seats have been allotted so far. He also informed that he has asked his department to explore the schemes which may allow women to carry out BPO work from home. The minister has also said that a group of 100 women, or more, can come together and start work under one roof.
Viability gap funding
The scheme has provisioned for special incentives up to ₹1 lakh per seat as viability gap funding.After four rounds of open bidding, 18,160 seats have been allocated to 109 units of 87 companies across 60 locations (19 States).Of these, 76 units have begun operations on 13,480 seats distributed across 48 locations.This has resulted in initial employment for 10,297 people.In the fifth round that closed in November, 68 companies submitted bids for 17,000 seats.
The new locations where operations have started under the BPO (business process outsourcing) scheme are:
- Rajamundry (Andhra Pradesh),
- Patna and Muzaffarpur(Bihar),
- Baddi and Shimla (Himachal Pradesh),
- Sagar(Madhya Pradesh),
- Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack and Jaleshwar(Odisha).