Digital India

Expect rural post offices to serve as Common Service Centres soon

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Rural post officeAfter rolling out the Digital India programme, in the next phase, the government intends to reach out to those located in the far-flung areas through the post offices located there.

The post offices across the country will soon starting functioning also as Common Service Centres (CSCs) to provide various citizen-centric e-services, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad had said earlier this year.

Speaking at a function in Kolkata, Prasad had said that the postal department has a crucial role to play in bringing in digital revolution in the country.

The vision of Digital India is to ensure all can access newer avenues of growth using communications device like a smart phone, he had said inaugurating the revamped building of the local Bhowanipore Post Office.

“We are also committed to developing eCommerce, eEducation and eHealth. This is the larger vision of a digital India. And in this digital India initiative, rural post offices have a very crucial role to play. We have decided that all the 1.30 lakh rural post offices should also become common service centres (CSCs) to further provide services.”

Implemented under the National e-Governance Plan and formulated by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), CSCs are ICT-enabled service delivery points at the village-level for reaching government, financial, social and private sector services in the areas of agriculture, health, education, entertainment, FMCG products, banking, insurance, pension and utility payments.

Prasad expected the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to grant payment licence to the proposed Post Bank of India by mid-2016. “We expect to get the RBI nod by July. With 1,54,000 post offices, the new initiative will usher in a financial revolution across the country.”

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