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Government to Roll Out Common Service Centres in Gram Panchayats

Published: 16th July 2015 03:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2015 03:48 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Wednesday decided to prepare a plan for rolling out Common Service Centres in gram panchayats (GPs).

The Common Service Centre (CSC), known as Jana Seva Kendra, started in 2006 under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) to deliver Government to citizen (G2C), business to citizen (B2C), Government to business (G2B) and business to business (B2B) services.

Though the Government had set a target to set up 8,558 CSCs across the State, so far, about 2,500 CSCs are operating. Out of these, 978 have been connected to the central services rolled out through Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

Chief Secretary GC Pati reviewed the progress made in providing one-stop solution to people through the CSCs at a high level meeting here.

“A sub-committee has been formed under chairmanship of Principal Secretary, General Administration Department to work out detail roll out plan of various services through CSCs with timelines,” official sources said.

The meeting decided to promote more number of CSCs at panchayat level and provide public services through mobile connectivity as many GPs do not have electricity and broadband connection.

The Chief Secretary asked the IT Department to prepare a list of gram panchayats having broadband and mobile connectivity. Pati also asked Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and BSNL to expedite the process of connectivity to GPs.

Till now, 11 banks, including Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, UCO Bank, PNB, Allahabad Bank, Corporation Bank, IDBI and Canara Bank and 53 insurance products have been linked to CSCs. More than 50 CSCs have been selected for UID enrolment.

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