Aksh Optifibre to set up 10,000 e-gov kiosks in Rajasthan

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Leading optical fibre cables provider Aksh Optifibre has said that it will open more than 10,000 e-governance kiosks across rural and urban Rajasthan in the next phase of expansion of e-Mitra — a project being commissioned by the Rajasthan’s Department of IT & Telecom.

The state government, through its ambitious e-Mitra programme, aims to provide government and private services to citizens through kiosks. Currently, more than 110 such services are available through this initiative.

Aksh has more than 700 e-kiosks with a presence across all districts in Rajasthan with services ranging from online payment of utility bills, passport application form submissions and character verification certificates to Aadhaar cards, the company said in a statement recently.

Aksh project head Lokesh Khandelwal said that they were the first private entities to envision the scope of e-governance in the state and started the pilot programme, Gramdoot in 2002.

“One-stop Aksh aims to have more than 10,000 e-kiosks in the state making it the single largest revenue generating entity for the company by the year 2016,” Khandelwal added.

The company’s immediate plan is to roll out kiosks in the regions which currently have a low density of kiosks and is also eyeing to work cohesively with NGOs and civic bodies to provide proper training and skill development workshops to facilitate kiosk holders.

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