RS Prasad exhorts CSCs to aim for transaction turnover of Rs 3 lakh crore in 5 years

Economy


NEW DELHI: The government has set a target of transactions worth Rs 3 lakh crore over the next five years through Common Service Centres (CSCs), the last mile access points for a range of government services including digital payments.

Under the Digital India initiative, the CSC scheme provides services ranging from enrollment in various government schemes to digital payments and wifi services in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.

“The total value of transactions through CSCs was Rs 70,000 crore in the last five years,” said Union Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad at the CSC Foundation Day celebrations in Delhi today.

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Listing the schemes accomplishments he said, “The total number of CSCs have gone up to around 3,70,000 which have processed 10 crore crop insurance applications, made 2,69,000 Ayushman Bharat cards, registered 30,55,000 workers for the unorganised sector pension scheme and on-boarded 10.84 lakh wifi subscribers till date.”

To add value to the CSC offerings the government has partnered with HDFC Bank and launched the HDFC-CSC Credit Card for small and medium businesses. This will enable CSCs to provide loan facilities as well.

“60% of India’s population lives in semi urban and rural areas and we want to take our financial products to these areas through CSC. Our credit card with CSC will fuel entrepreneurship and economic growth in rural India,” said HDFC Bank MD, Aditya Puri.

They have also tied up with Facebook to train 2.5 lakh women entrepreneurs across India in digital marketing. The move, in association with 5,000 women CSC owners, will help women in rural areas leverage various marketing tools on Facebook to increase their earnings.

“We have created a toolkit for curriculum and training on digital marketing which will create new and exciting opportunities for women entrepreneurs,” said Facebook India MD, Ajit Mohan.



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