Community Service Centres should become engines of change in rural India and assist Government in carrying forward initiatives aimed at making rural India a truly vibrant society. Union Minister for Communication and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad said while presiding over a conference called to encourager role of women in community service in under developed areas. He said women empowerment through ICT especially those living in rural India is an integral component of “Digital India Initiative” of the Government.
Ensuring women at the fore front of “Digital India” would result in a new social order where women play the role of “Change Agent” in building a society free of caste, creed, colour or gender discrimination. Digitally empowered women, especially in rural India, can bring about a paradigm shift in encouraging and empowering rural communities.
He emphasised the need for Government Vision for a new emerging India where every citizen is empowered, self-reliant and secure so that he or she can express his opinion without any fear or favour.
Minister highlighted the Government’s new initiative of JAM – Jandhan, Aadhar and Mobile for building a new India where citizens are empowered to access Government services. He emphasised the need for enabling every person to have mobile and all Government services to be delivered in the format so that Prime Minister’s vision of providing Government into the hands of every citizen is fulfilled.
Minister also requested the women VLEs to support the Government initiative of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhoa’ across the country. He was delighted to see the confidence of the women entrepreneurs from various parts of the country and believed that they can play the role of a new India.
Minister mentioned the commitment of Government in extending NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network) for 2.5 Lakh Panchayat by end 2016 to address the issue of connectivity and enable delivery of online education health , e-Commerce and other related services to citizens. Accordingly he mentioned that Government propose to set up at least 2.5 lakh CSCs – 1 in every Panchayat so that the services can be extended to citizens close to their place of residence.
In order to make the CSC sustainable and create long term business opportunity, he desired that CSCs should be utilised for exploring the emerging potential of e-Commerce in India. He said the centre can be utilised in providing pan cards to the citizens also.
On the occasion, the Minister also launched a book ‘Felicitating 40 Women VLEs”. The confidence which some of the women VLEs namely Vaijainti Devi from Bihar, Tanuja Raichuria from Chhattisgarh and Kaluri Katyani from Telangana spoke and presented their journey in establishing CSC was appreciated by the Minister and other dignitaries. On the occasion, awards were given to 10 best VLEs. The conference was attended by VLEs from all the states of the country including VLEs from Leh, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.