Weekly Newsletter of CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, December 18, 2015  |   CSC network is one of the largest Government approved online service delivery channels in the world
 
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  Common Service Centres: the bridge for the urban-rural digital divide

A network of 145,000 the Common Service Centres, established under the e-governance platform, may hold the solution to bridging the rural urban digital divide in the country


CSCs are IT-enabled access points established under public private partnership and are manned by digitally literate entrepreneurs.

Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC SPV said that they plan to set up 250,000 centres by March 2016 and have tied up with Snapdeal, Infibeam and Flipkart to enable buying and selling of products through these centres. Connect India is CSC SPVs logistics partner. The companies have also started training programmes for the village level entrepreneurs in Panipat, Haryana.

Common service centers had been established as kiosks for rural entrepreneurship development with community participation. These centres, now a part of the digital India mission, have been delivering financial, digital and other governmental services in the rural areas, Dr. Tyagi stated “These private enterprises (CSCs) are among the largest such networks in the world. The government does a supporting role. And we are seeing a growing ecosystem that realises their potential to promote entrepreneurship in rural India”.

In November communication minister Ravishankar Prasad had said in an interview that many companies had put bids for setting up CSCs in states such as Bihar, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, adding that they are an integral part of digital India, and help in development of rural industries and create employment.


Source- Hindustan Times


 


  Secretary, DeitY addresses the VLEs during the CSC e-commerce workshop

“Today CSC are outposts for the e-governance programme and have emerged as an institution providing various services to rural and remote areas of the country” - Shri J S Deepak, Secretary, DeitY






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