IT major Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt Ltd is going to launch a rural portal shortly within next three to six months. The company is looking at partnerships to develop the portal with relevant information.
The company has unveiled a self-sustaining kiosk model initiative aimed at taking IT benefits to rural India. It is a public-private partnership, called as Saksham (meaning self-sustaining in Sanskrit), on which the portal is being developed. Market linkages will be strengthened in association with ICRISAT and other institutes. The company is looking to set up over 10,000 kiosks in Andhra Pradesh. Similar experiments are being conducted for sugarcane in Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram silk sarees, food processing industry in Gujarat.