The West Bengal government in India is planning to make more interactive e-Governance platform by incorporating retail banking and agriculture advisory services through a network of kiosks till the gram panchayat level.
The state IT and rural development departments are in talks with three banks — United Bank of India, State Bank of India and ICICI to provide retail banking services through the state e-governance network. The proposed basket of services is yet to be finalised. The state IT secretary Siddharth announced this. The kiosks would be run by independent service providers like Self Help Groups (SHGs). The government would enable connectivity and infrastructure support. The need of the hour is to provide interactive services for the end-user, he added.