Thursday, November 12, 2009

Microsoft initiative helps people seek info under RTI

Software giant Microsoft has joined hands with three Gujarat-based welfare organisations to give IT training to people who don’t have access to technology, mainly computers. The American company, through its division Microsoft Community Affairs, has tied up with Aga Khan Foundation, Mahila Sewa Trust and Saath Charitable Trust. One of the key objectives of the initiative, called ‘Project Jyoti’, is to teach people how to obtain information under the RTI Act.

“We have set up Community Technology Learning Centres (CTLCs) across the state to provide technological support to people living in rural areas,” Vikas Goswami, who leads Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, said. Goswami said that each centre had been set up keeping in mind the needs of its region. The IT coordinator of Aga Khan Foundation, Shiji Abraham, said that CTLCs had enabled people in rural areas to seek information under the RTI Act. “There is little awareness on RTI in rural areas. However, Microsoft’s initiative is helping people obtain a lot of information under the act.” Abraham said.

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