UP seeks Centre nod for common service centres in remote areas

With the Centre-sponsored e-governance project for providing 26 services under one roof at Common Service Centres (CSC) receiving a good response, the UP government has sent a proposal to the Centre seeking permission to set up 2,909 such centres in remote areas.

The state government has also sought financial assistance of Rs 3,000 for running each of these centres.

Under the project, launched on August 1, 2012, a total of 17,909 CSCs were to be set up across the state on public-private partnership (PPP) model. Around 8,430 CSCs have been set up so far by Sahaj, CMS Computers Limited, VayamTech and Lokvani, and around 6,000 more will be set up before March 31.

Principal Secretary of IT and Electronics Jivesh Nandan said, "Around 15,000 CSCs will be operational by these agencies by March 31. UP has sent a proposal to the Centre to allow for setting up the remaining 2,909 CSC and give financial assistance to run them."

Officials said that Sahaj, CMS Computers Limited, VayamTech are setting up CSCs preferably in cities, towns and villages close to urban area where they can get basic facilities and good business.

"The state government will set up these 2,909 CSCs in remote areas where private agencies will not be interested in going. The objective is to extend the service to people living in far-flung places," the principal secretary said.

"Under this project, the state governments are not allowed to set up CSCs. Hence the UP government has sent a proposal seeking permission to set up 2,909 CSC," said another official.

The currently operational 8,430 CSCs are receiving a good response from public. In the past five months, these CSCs have received more than 14 lakh applications and more than 12.5 lakh of them had been disposed of. The applications were regarding 26 different services like issuance of birth and death certificates, income certificate, applications for ration card and unemployment allowance. The monitoring of these CSCs is being done by the district administrations.

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