Sahaj and Xenolith Launch a Platform to Recognize Innovators who

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Tuesday, April 09, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
With over 24,000 IT backed centers in sub 10,000 population villages, more than
30 critical services in the domains of micro-insurance, education, utility
services and Government 2 Citizen services, and a reach of over 280 million
population, Sahaj enters into the 6th year of operation, and is all set to
recognize and reward innovative ideas that have the potential to make positive
impact on the quality of rural lives. Sahaj in association with Xenolith
Technologies Private Limited has launched the “Sahaj Rural Innovation Awards
– Technology for Development”. 
Over the years, Sahaj has been synonymous with technology and development in
rural India. With numerous breakthroughs making rural lives simpler, Sahaj now
recognizes the responsibility to roll out the perfect platform for innovators in
the rural space. Apart from monetary rewards, the winning entry may also get
venture capital funding to scale the project up. With the website
(www.sahajruralinnovationawards.com) available from 20th March 2013, entries
shall be accepted from all Indian citizens above 18 years of age, organizations,
and educational institutions. Very pertinent categories have been chosen for the
entries like Consumer Utilities, Financial Services, Agricultural Knowledge &
Practices, Vocational education, Training & skill enhancement, & Health
Initiatives. These projects, deployable over an IT platform for rural
geographies, shall be judged by a panel comprising of stalwarts in the rural
space from Government as well as Private sector on parameters like scalability,
ease of deployment, & benefit to end users.  
Speaking on the launch, Mr. Umesh Rao – National Head, Sales & Marketing,
Sahaj said “We are offering a platform to entrepreneurs & idea owners to show
case & present their work which will go a long way in empowering rural lives. At
Sahaj, we seek to enrich lives of the rural citizens by offering them a bouquet
of affordable & relevant services at a convenient point of access.” 
About Sahaj e-Village Limited  
Sahaj e-Village Limited, a Srei Venture Initiative, is a business integrator in
the field of IT infrastructure with a focus on rural India. It has over 99
offices across 6 states and has emerged as one of the largest implementers of
ICT-based projects in India. It has taken up the task of eliminating the
undemocratic digital divide between rural and urban India, under the National
e-Governance Plan, the Flagship Program of the Government of India in Rural
India. It brings government, business, and services to the rural India through
an expanding network of Village Level Franchisee Partners. Sahaj is set to
launch over 28,000 Common Service Centres (CSC) across 107 districts in the six
states of Assam, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. More
than 24,500 CSCs have already been established, providing a single-window, one
stop solution to the citizen's needs, under the Private-Public- Partnership
(PPP) arrangement.  
About Xenolith Technologies Private Limited 
Established in 2006, Xenolith Technologies Pvt Ltd is an ISO 9001:2008 certified
organization. It is a software solution and services company that provide end to
end solutions helping companies to streamline their business processes to
compete in today's dynamic business environment. The company is one of the
premier implementation partner of Microsoft for Dynamics Axapta. The experienced
leadership of Xenolith has taken new initiatives in Tolling and Healthcare.  
To apply log on to: www.sahajruralinnovationawards.com • Only online entries
accepted or contact: 
Mr. Braj Kishore 
Senior Vice President and Head Corporate Communication and Brand Management 
Srei Infrastructure Finance Limited 
Phone: +91 33 6602 3211 
Mobile: +91 98360 35599 
E-mail: braj.kishore@srei.com  
For details, visit: http://www.sahajcorporate.com or
http://www.sahajruralinnovationawards.com 
Media contact details 
Mr. Tamal Chatterjee, Chief Manager – Marketing,
Sahaj e-Village Limited,
+91 (33) 66023282 / +91 9007009968,
tamal.chatterjee@sahaj.co.in 
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