2.9 lakh CSCs (Common Service Centres) will become Business Correspondents (BCs) and will work with banks and thereby make the banking system reach to remote corners of the country.
Minister of Finance, Railways & Coal Piyush Goyal announced that now, 2.90 lakh CSCs will be able to work as Business Correspondents (BCs).
Goyal said that “The expansion of digital technology in our country will add 5% more growth in our GDP. CSC has the potential to change the social fabric of our country.”
Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad launched major services in a conference organized by CSC SPV showcasing the impact and progress made by the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) in promoting rural Wi-Fi network infrastructure.
Through Wi-Fi facility, people in 5,000 villages can now enjoy Internet connectivity. WiFi Choupal aims to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country through highly scalable network infrastructure i.e. optical fiber cable.
CSC SPV has entered into an agreement with IRCTC for delivery of services through CSC centres. Now, CSC centres will be able to work as IRCTC agents and would be able to book general tickets.
IndusInd Bank is supporting CSC SPV for the digital literacy of 3 lakh candidates through CSR fund. The candidates are also certified under PMGDISHA.
Addressing around 3,000 VLEs from across the country the IT Minister said, “All Wi-Fi choupals will become knowledge centers in India. In the age of technology, Information is power. Now, no villager should be able to go to cities for the services, as the same can be availed through CSCs.”
Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, DoT said, “CSC SPV will become Public Data Office Aggregator (PDOA). It will develop a powerful content delivery network. Rural India will get benefit of technology advancement and BharatNet will facilitate direct and indirect employment opportunities for many, and can contribute to the inclusive growth of India. The infrastructure created under WiFi Choupal will be a national asset, accessible on a non-discriminatory basis to the service providers. CSC will also be used for first line maintenance of BharatNet in the country.”