Govt plans push to digital services through CSCs: About 5,000 villages to get Wi-Fi choupals

Published Date - 12 June 2018 02:56:51 Updated Date - 12 June 2018 03:00:16

The Union Government on June 11, 2018 launched 5,000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages and delivery of rail tickets through Common Service Centres (CSCs).

The service was inaugurated by Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi. Besides this, Railway Minister Goyal also accepted the proposal of CSC e-Governance to allow all CSCs to operate as banking correspondents and also proposed to disburse 'Mudra Loan' through CSCs. The Minister also stated that giving loan is a task for great responsibility and the VLE will have to be vigilant to check misuse of loan disbursed through him/her.

Goyal also proposed the opening of CSC at 8,000 railway stations where they can provide all their services besides telemedicine and education.

 Now around 2.9 lakh CSC Centers  will provide Banking Services & other facilities like Rail Ticket Booking. Moreover, govt. will open Wi-FI Choupal’s for internet connectivity in remote areas. Central government  may also open extension branches of banks in CSCs under Digital India Initiative to benefit people in the rural areas.

This move will extend the scope of Digital Technology and is expected to add 5% more GDP growth. CSC have the potential to change the social system of India as people can easily Locate CSC’s.

PM Narendra Modi is going to address Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE’s) on 15 June 2018.


 The launch of Wi-Fi hotspots under BharatNet has seen 190 per cent jump in data usage to 95 terabyte in six months of the service.

 While the first half of last 12 months saw a data consumption of around 33 TB, the second half witnessed a consumption of around 95 TB.

 Broadband internet is currently available in 7,183 gram panchayats.

About Common Service Centres

• The centres, which are an important part of the government's Digital India initiative, function as access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages including passport and Aadhaar enrollment.

• The centres are positioned as change agents, promoting rural entrepreneurship and building rural capacities and livelihoods.

 Till now, the centres have been set up in 1.8 lakh gram panchayats and will be extended to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the end of 2018.

 Overall, as many as 2.91 CSCs operate in the country currently.

• Under the Digital India programme, at least one CSC (preferably more than one) is envisaged in 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats for delivery of various electronic services to citizens across rural India

All CSC’s to Become Business Correspondents for Banking Services

All the Common Service Centers (CSC’s) works in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model under Digital India Programme. CSC Scheme focuses on delivery of essential public utility services like Government to Citizen (G2C) Services, Business to Citizen (B2C) Services, Health Services, Financial Inclusion Services, Education Services and Agriculture Services. The important highlights of this decision are as follows:-

  • CSC SPV will become Public Data Office Aggregator. This will develop a powerful content delivery network.
  • All the benefits of technology advancement will be given to the Rural People
  • BharatNet Project will provide direct and indirect employment opportunities for many people which would result in the inclusive growth of the country.
  • Infrastructure Development under Wi-Fi Choupal Service will be a national asset. All the service provide will be able to access these services on non-discriminatory basis.

Govt. will utilize Common Service Centers (CSCs) for first line maintenance of BharatNet in India. VLEs are responsible for effective running of CSC’s . So, the central govt. has released a publication to show the initiatives by the CSC VLEs in Wi-Fi Choupal. Four VLEs from Haridwar, Gondia, and Seohar shared the success stories of CSC WI-Fi Choupal Service – Digital Village in which various people got employment including people from SC/ST communities.       

Wi-fi choupals

Under CSC, around 5,000 villages will also have access to Wi-Fi choupals. The platform aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optic fibre network. Two memorandums of understanding (MoU) were signed between CSC and IRCTC for reservation of rail tickets.

The CSC Wi-Fi Choupal is a government initiative that focusses on developing rural Wi-Fi infrastructure and to host suitable applications to provide various ICT services at an affordable cost. Tariff plans under the Wi-Fi Choupal service range from ₹5 to ₹950. Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways and Coal, said CSCs can also be used to promote telemedicine in rural areas. For instance, one could set up a simple diagnostic centre with X-ray and blood sampling facilities and a paramedic can connect with a doctor digitally.

It could act as a primary healthcare centre and complement Jan Aushadhi centres. CSCs can also be the single integrated network to be used as a content sharing platform where higher education content could be shared to reach the gram panchayat level.

Under the CSC project, a 2.9-lakh km optic fibre network has been laid and close to 50,000 km is already digitally connected through the BharatNet. The rest will be connected soon. As of May, around 11,000 gram panchayats have Wi-Fi infrastructure in place.

Prasad said that the project has given employment to 10 lakh people of whom 54,000 are women.

Besides the announcement of CSC providing Banking Services, govt. has also displayed the impact and progress of VLEs in promoting rural Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure. On the occasion, govt. has launched various services:-

  • 5000 Digital Villages – With W-Fi facility, people in around 5,000 villages can now avail the benefits of Internet Connectivity.
  • Connectivity through Wi-Fi Choupal – Wi-Fi Choupals aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with Optical Fibre Cables.
  • CSC – IRCTC Signed MoU – Now CSC SPV will now work as IRCTC Agents and will be able to book general tickets.
  • Support IndusInd Bank – IndusInd Bank will provide digital literacy to 3 lakh candidates through CSR Funds. All the candidates who receives this training will be certified under PMGDISHA.

Information is power, so Wi-Fi choupals will be the knowledge centers in India. Now CSC will provide all the services in rural areas so people will not have to move to the cities to avail banking services.


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