Jharkhand, in an effort to catch up with the rest of the India, is all set to expand e-Governance in its rural areas by opening e-Service centres in all its panchayats.
The state IT department reported that 4,500 common services centres (CSCs) will be functional by the end of 2007 in the rural areas to bridge the digital divide. The CSC is a central government sponsored scheme in which the Jharkhand government is also helping with a financial assistance of Rs.460 million. The centres will be opened in each panchayat. It will boost e-Governance and other important services. The centres, which will be well equipped with computers, printers and broadband connections besides power back-up, will provide services on topics related to agriculture, health, education, employment and tourism among others.