Common Service Centers (CSC) scheme is an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(Meity), Government of India. CSCs act as the access points for delivery of various digital services to villages in India. Also, the scheme promotes rural entrepreneurship and building of sustainable rural livelihoods.
CSC e-Governance Services India Limited is a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) formed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT under the Companies Act, 1956 to monitor the implementation of the Common Services Centers Scheme. It provides a centralized framework for delivery of services to citizens through CSCs, besides ensuring systemic viability and sustainability of the scheme. In this article, we look at the CSC Scheme in detail.
Objective of the CSC Scheme
The objective of the CSC Scheme are explained below.
- To provide centralised platform for delivery of various services in a transparent manner to the citizens.
- To expand the scope of delivery of G2C and B2C services to rural citizens.
- To promote collective action for the rural empowerment of society and to enable community participation.
- To enhance the institutional framework for project management, thereby, supporting the State and District administrative machinery and hand holding of Village Level Entrepreneur (VLEs) through local language Help Desk support.
- To enable the e-services under single technology platform, thereby making the service delivery at CSCs accountable, transparent, efficient and traceable.
- To increase the sustainability of VLEs through the delivery of e-services and encouraging women to join as VLEs.
The following are the specified partners under the CSC scheme.
Village Level Entrepreneur: Village Level Entrepreneur (VLE) to provide service to the rural consumer in village.
State Designated Agency: State Designated Agency is the agency designated by the State to facilitate the implementation of the Scheme within the State.
Central Ministries and Banks: Others include central ministries, their departments and other central agencies to offer various services to the citizens and partner banks (public and private sector) and regional rural banks to enable CSCs to become Banking Correspondent Agents or Customer Service Points to deliver various banking and financial services.
Services Provided in CSC
The CSCs will serves as the high quality and cost-effective services, in the areas of e-governance, education, health, medicine, entertainment as well as other private services. CSCs works on web-enabled e-governance services in rural areas, including application forms, certificates, and utility payments such as electricity, telephone and water bills. The various departmental services under CSCs scheme for public welfare are listed out below.
Agriculture Services: Agriculture Services such as agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, veterinary.
Education and training services: Education and training services such as school, college, vocational education, employment, etc.
Health Services: Health Services such as medicine, health check-ups, medicines.
Rural Banking and Insurance Services: Rural Banking and Insurance Services such as micro-credit, loans, insurance.
Entertainment Services: Entertainment Services such as movies, television.
Utility Services: Utility Services such as bill payments, online bookings.
Commercial Services: Commercial Services such as DTP, printing, internet browsing, village level BPO.
Eligibility for Participating in CSC Scheme
The eligibility criteria for participating in CSC Scheme are as follows:
- The applicant should be a village youth above eighteen years of age.
- The applicant should have passed the 10th level examination from a recognized board with a minimum level of educational qualification.
- The applicant should be fluent in reading and writing the local dialect and should also have basic knowledge of English language.
- The applicant should have knowledge in basic computer skills.
The required documents are to be submitted along with the application form.
Identity Proof: Copy of applicant voter ID card.
Address Proof: Copy of applicant aadhaar card.
Banks Details: Applicant bank pass book or cancelled cheque. ·
PAN card: Copy of applicant PAN card
Resume: Copy of applicant resume
Registration Procedure for CSC Scheme
To register on CSC Scheme online, follow the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Please visit the official website Common Service Centers (CSC) Scheme.
Step 2: Click on “Apply” button displaying on the homepage.
Step 3: Enter you aadhaar number, name, select the authentication type and further add the Captcha Text.
Step 4: Click on “Submit” button to authenticate the details you have given.
Step 5: After authentication, please fill the required details under the tabs, personal, residential, Kiosk, banking, document and infrastructure.
Step 6: After filling the details, read all the terms and conditions given on the “Certifications” tab.
Step 7: Review your details and click on “Submit” button to register yourself and an application ID will be generated.
Step 8: You will receive an acknowledgment email regarding the successful completion of your application on your email address provided during the registration process.
Track Application Status
The application submitted online, and status can be checked by following the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: The applicant has to revisit the concerned portal to track the application status.
Step 2: Click on “Status” menu which is visible on the homepage of the portal.
Step 3: Enter your application id and Captcha text.
Step 4: Finally click on “Submit” button to view the status of your application.