Information technology hardware leaders and other corporate houses are making financial and technical bids to set up, manage and operate CSCs.
According to Aruna Sundararajan, CEO, CSC project, companies like Godrej, IFFCO, Reliance Agri Business, HCL, Hughes and Airtel have been making financial and technical bids to set up, manage and operate CSCs in various states.
The CSC scheme predicts CSCs as the front end points for government, private and social sector services to rural citizens. The objective of the scheme is to develop a platform, which will enable government, private and social sector organisations to align their social and commercial goals for the benefit of the rural population through a combination of IT-based and non-IT-based services. It is expected that the government would generate revenues from the e-Governance services and rest from an array of private services including e-Commerce, e-Learning and e-Health. The Union Cabinet has given approval for setting up 100,000 rural CSCs in six lakh villages. The National e-Governance Plan consists of 26 central, state and integrated Mission Mode Projects along with eight other support components for rapid introduction of e-Governance. The Department of Information Technology is implementing the project.