Common Service Centre innaugurated in a Bihar village

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As part of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), the Chief Minister of the east Indian state of Bihar, Nitish Kumar inaugurated a Common Service Center (CSC) locally known as Vasudha e-Seva centre in Panapur, a small village near Danapur, in the state. The innauguration was conducted through video-conferencing, thus living up to a complete e-Governance model.

A private-public partnership model has been chosen for the purpose and the government is partnering with SREI-Sahaj. The aim of the project is to enable citizens of the state to have access to various activities and services of the government through electronic means. Prices of commodities, weather conditions, progress in various government projects including Indira Awaas Yojana, NREGA, MP Local Area Development Fund, roads, schools, and health services in the areas are some of the information that would be available to the villagers through these centres.

The government plans to scale up such centres to over 5,000 in the next couple of years.

Additionally, services such as online submission of tenders, filling and submitting government applications, e-ticketing and e-banking would also be available to the residents of the state. However, the question remains, how many will be accessing these services. Awareness and training are some of the aspects that also needs to be looked at side by side.

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