Govt to Enable Broadband Access for CSCs

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 29, 2009

To enhance the reach of e-governance in the country, the Department of Information Technology will facilitate access of broadband to all Common Service Centres

The Department of Information Technology (DIT) plans to set up 150,000 new Common Service Centres (CSCs) to facilitate penetration of e-governance further into the country.

DIT has already rolled out 55,000 of the planned 100,000 CSCs across the country.

The CSCs will deliver services under the Bharat Nirman, providing support to other flagship programmes such as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health Mission, among others.

Dwelling on the challenges related to CSCs and connectivity issue at a meet of all state ICT ministers in the capital to discuss the progress of this initiative, Sachin Pilot, MoS, C&IT, said the task of the DIT is to provide broadband access to all CSCs.

As there is a direct connection between the broadband connectivity and growth, digital inclusion of rural areas will greatly contribute to economy, he added.
 
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