900 CSCs to be in place by 2008; Centre sanctions Rs 80 crore
SOME 900 common service centres (CSCs) across the State will be set up by 2008 as part of the e-governance initiative. The Centre has already sanctioned Rs 80 crore for the State Government for the initiative.
The CSCs — a network of access points — will be laid across the country, especially at rural and remote areas, as outlets for various services. The draft framework provided by the Union Department of Information Technology (DIT) outlines the policy framework, strategy and contours of financial support of government for proliferation of CSCs across the country.y.
The framework is intended to create an enabling environment for establishment of 100,000 CSCs for the benefits of the citizens under e-governance.
“We would bring this issue before the Cabinet in March to sort out the problems existing in the initiative,” told additional secretary, Ministry of Communications & IT, R Chandrashekhar to the Hindustan Times. He said the proposal for setting up of CSCs would be rolled out in nearly 20 states by March 2008.
“To make e-governance a success, it needs tremendous high-level mix of skills, scrutiny of project, its formulation & implementation, technology – all to put together on a single platform,” he mentioned.
Chandrashekar, who sounded quite optimistic about ‘e-governance’ initiative, said the factors causing hurdle in the initiative are beyond political boundaries. “Irrespective of different political leanings, states like Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu etc have been moving aggressively,” he mentioned. The ratio of villages to the CSC in MP is appreciable as each CSC will cover three villages, he added.
Barring a few having vested interests, e-governance will be beneficial to a vast majority. “Government, private partners and the entire services need to be integrated to augment the capacity and remove operational problems,” added National Informatics Centre Director General Dr BK Gairola.
“It’s going to be major initiative of the DIT through which the rural population could access the services offered by both the state and central governments in sectors like agriculture, animal husbandry, citizen services, health, education, land & property, panchayat matters etc,” says Director (e-Governance), Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Government of India, Lekha Kumar.