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What is the full form of CSC?

CSC: Common Service Centre

CSS stands for Common Service Centre. It is an information and communication technology access point created by the govt. of India for the people of rural areas. It was created under the National e-Governance Project of the Gov. of India. This project was started in 2006. It was funded and implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP).

CSC Full Form

A CSC is like a kiosk provided with a personal computer, a wireless connection, and other accessories. It provides content related to e-governance, health, education, telemedicine, and more. It is a PAN India network that is introduced to make India a digital country under the Digital India Program. It is one of the largest government-approved online service channels in the world.

How CSC works?

It is an e-Governance service in which a special purpose vehicle (SPV) is used to connect the rural population with the govt. Departments, private and govt. Banks and other service providers like insurance companies, institutes, and more. The VLE (Village Level Entrepreneur) operates from CSC to serve the users.

Objectives of CSC points:

  • To offers the rural population a point to access information
  • To ensure the delivery of public services to the rural population
  • To promote rural empowerment of socially disadvantaged people for inclusive growth
  • To provide access to quality education and skill upgradation
  • To provide online access to quality and affordable health services
  • To promote rural entrepreneurship, social improvement, and participation from the people

Functions of CSC:

  • To facilitate G2C (Government to Consumer) Communication related to health, education, social and economic development, agriculture, disaster warning, RTI, and more.
  • Dissemination of information through interactive kiosks, regional language interfaces, etc.
  • Edutainment (educational entertainment) in which people are educated through entertaining educational videos, group interaction, etc.
  • eGovernance & eServices that include eKrishi, banking, travel, insurance, post, and the facility to fill eForms to apply for govt. Services and financial help such as payment for NREGA, etc.
  • To provide the facility of remote health camps, telemedicine, doctor advice, etc.
  • To offer online agriculture support to help farmers to increase their yield and income.
  • Rural BPO to clear doubts of rural people about the govt. Schemes, agricultural techniques, and more.

Besides this, after accessing the CSC schemes, govt. Of India introduced the CSC 2.0 scheme in 2015 to make CSC available to all Gram Panchayats throughout the country. As per the CSC2.0 scheme, there should be at least one CSC in each of the 2.5 lakh GPs throughout the country before the end of 2019. CSC 2.0 scheme would make G2C services available to all citizens living anywhere in the country. The CSC Grameen eStore App is also created under the CSC scheme, and it is powered by MiGrocer.

Key Features of the CSC 2.0 scheme:

  • A network of 2.5 lakh CSCs for all Gram Panchayats
  • A collection of e-services through a single delivery platform
  • Local help desk support
  • To encourage women to emerge as VLEs by offering attractive commissions

The Best Way to Launch a Common Service Center (CSC):

The establishment of Common Service Centers has been announced by the Indian government (CSCs). The centres will offer effective leadership and services to those residing in rural regions. The networks will be installed in rural towns and districts around the country.

CSCs are points of access that allow residents of rural and remote areas to connect to government programmes and services through the e-governance system. These areas provide customers the ease of connecting to various government services and programmes via the internet connection.

To join the CSC Scheme, you must meet specific qualifying requirements if you wish to form a CSC in your community.

Criteria for Participation in the CSC Scheme

The following conditions must be met in order to qualify for a Common Service Center (CSC):

Age - The minimum age requirement for applicants is 18.

Qualification- A person must be qualified by passing the Matriculation Level Examination or an exam of an equal level from a recognised board.

Building Blocks Needed to Launch a CSC Centre:

You ought to be qualified to take part in the CSC Scheme if you wish to launch a CSC in your community. Additionally, if you qualify, you should own the following infrastructure:

The government created the Common Service Center Scheme to offer e-services to the public by building a common centre as part of the Digital India Program. By approaching the Service Center Agency (SCA) for that region, eligible applicants can begin the CSC process.

The CSC infrastructure that is needed is as follows:

  • The structure or room is between 100 and 150 square feet in size.
  • Two printers (inkjet and dot matrix).
  • Webcam.
  • RAM with a minimum storage capacity of 512 MB.
  • Connectivity through V-SAT. Wi-Fi and wired.
  • Hard Disk Drive with a 120 GB capacity.
  • CD/DVD player.
  • Banking services' biometric or IRIS authentication scanner.

With the exception of buildings and land, the anticipated total cost per CSC will range from 1.25 to 1.50 lakh.

How do I register with CSC Center?

The actions that must be taken to apply for CSC Center are as follows:

  • The applicants must go to the internet website to finish the application procedure or register for CSC. After arriving at the home page, you must select "Apply".
  • Enter the information associated with your Aadhar card.
  • Then, input the Captcha and press the "Submit" button.
  • A One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to the registered cellphone number for you. Fill out the area with the OTP.
  • Enter your information on the Kiosk Tab, which also contains information on the location, Gram Panchayat, and the kiosk centre.
  • Under the "Bank" tab, enter your bank information.
  • Add the geotags to the images of your CSC and the scanned copies of your papers.
  • Then click "Submit".
  • Your registered email will be used to send you a verification email. The application number must be written down for future use.

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