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A new employment avenue for rural youth

T.V. Sivanandan

First rural BPO in HK region set up in Tadola village


Initially, the BPO will provide direct employment to 200 youth

Aim of the BPO is to bridge the gap between information haves and have-nots


Tadola Village (Bidar district): The first rural business process outsourcing (BPO) unit in the Hyderabad Karnataka region was inaugurated on Thursday at Tadola village in Basavakalyan taluk of Bidar district.

Brainchild

It will start functioning in a week’s time. The brainchild of Rotary Governor Neville Irani and IT professional Prasanna Naik, the BPO has been established under the banner of Prawarda Nagavi Udyog Kendra with the objective of opening new avenues of employment for unemployed youth in rural areas.

Inaugurated

The centre was formally inaugurated by Secretary of Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Shalini Rajneesh Goel.

Mr. Naik said that initially the BPO would have 50 work stations, and the number would rise to 100 in about a month.

Initially, the BPO would provide direct employment to 200 youth.

Another 20 people would be recruited at the senior level.

Training

Mr. Naik said that in Gulbarga around 10,000 unemployed youth had been provided training in soft skills and information and communication technologies (ICT) at 500 centres run by Nagavi Infocity. Mr. Naik said that Prawarda and Nagavi Infocity had joined hands to provide training in soft skills and ICT to 12,000 unemployed youth, the majority of whom were school and college dropouts.

He said that the main aim of the rural BPO was to bridge the gap between the information haves and the have-nots by bringing the benefits of ICT closer to the people at the grassroots level through their direct and indirect involvement. The BPO aimed at promoting the use of ICT applications for social and economic development of villages, and testing the viability of various services.

Sustainable model

It also aimed at developing a sustainable and scalable business model for each application to re-engineer product supply chain, manage and implement plans related to the ICT centres and ensure their relevance for all the stakeholders.

Mr. Naik said that the BPO would help the district administration become paper-free by digitalising all hospital records along with case history of patients.

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