About 18,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs) have been set up in the country to provide IT enabled services to the people in the rural areas. These are part of the overall plan of the government to establish one lakh CSCs in 600,000 villages. All the CSCs are scheduled to be operational by July next year. Agencies for setting up of service centres have been selected in most of the cases. The final number of CSCs in the country is likely to be over 1,13,000.
In the states of Jharkhand and Haryana, the roll out of the centres is complete while in Gujarat it will be completed soon. The other states where a number of CSCs have already become operational are West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Orissa, Meghalaya and Tripura. In several states, agreements have already been signed with the selected Service Centre Agencies (SCAs) for setting up of about 76,000 CSCs. A maximum of 17,909 CSCs are proposed in Uttar Pradesh followed by 9,232 in Madhya Pradesh and 8,558 in Orissa. 8,463 CSCs are to come up in Bihar and 6,626 in Rajasthan.
A Common Service Centre is an ICT-enabled service delivery outlet providing a range of services to the people in the village / town in which it is located. The government has approved the Common Service Centre Scheme that envisions CSCs as the front-end delivery points for government, private and social sector services to rural citizens in an integrated manner. The objective is to develop a platform that can enable government, private and social sector organisations to align their social and commercial goals for the benefit of the rural population in the remotest corners. The Centres are being designed as ICT-enabled kiosks having a PC along with basic support equipment like printer, scanner, UPS, with wireless connectivity as the backbone and additional equipment for edutainment, telemedicine, projection systems, etc.
By setting up this network of access points, the Department of Information Technology of the Government of India has sought to leverage the advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the benefit of the citizens, especially those in rural and remote areas.
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Updated Date: Jan 31, 2017 01:53:12 IST