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IT Minister hails digital platform- Common Services Centers

New Delhi:  Hailing the performance of Common Services Centers (CSCs) -an integral part of Digital India Programme, Union Minister of Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said the centralized programs are well placed to play umbilical cord role in the process of shaping new India where all services and incentives are available to the last man in the line at his door step.

Prasad added that there can be no other model which can ensure empowering of the rural people while protecting economic viability. He said CSC moment has reached a point of no return and it is bound to be a subject of research in the near future.

Prasad assured the participating VLEs that every effort was been made to find a way for further strengthening their engagement in the process of reaching masses through the use of Aadhar. They are the access points for delivery of various digital services to villages and rural areas across the country and contribute towards fulfilling the Government’s mandate of a digitally and financially inclusive society.

CSCs offer assisted access of e-services to citizens with a focus on enhancing governance. Apart from delivering essential government and public utility services, CSCs also deliver a range of social welfare schemes, financial services, education and skill development courses, healthcare, agriculture services and digital literacy.

He said CSC SPV as a Corporate Banking Correspondent has signed agreement with 26 Banks (Public Sector Banks, Regional Rural and Private Sector Banks) for enabling CSCs to become Banking Correspondent Agents / Customer Service Points.

CSC SPV has partnered with the country’s retail payment platform NPCI to launch Aadhaar-enabled payment system in January 2016. This service facilitates disbursement of government entitlements like payment under MGNREGA, social security pension, handicapped and old age pensions of any central or state government bodies, using Aadhaar authentication. At present, withdrawal as well as deposit facilities are available through CSCs under this system.

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