Weekly Current Affairs

CSCs may assemble LED lamps to boost rural economy: Prasad [Economy]

  • The Centre plans to use the common service centres (CSC) for assembly and manufacture of LED lamps in a bid to boost rural economy.
  • CSCs can be a great system for generating revenues and employment in rural India.
  • The Centre will also provide tele-consultation services for animal healthcare as well as legal issues through these centres where kits for testing diseases such as malaria and dengue will also be available.
  • Wi-Fi facilities have been launched in six villages of Uttar Pradesh. This follows state government’s announcement to distribute smartphones “to help a two-way communication between the government and people and also take direct feedback on the various schemes of the government.”
  • Offering government services should be an enabler for CSCs. But they should also find their own business model, for example education and selling of insurances. There should be competition among CSCs.
  • The minister also unveiled a scheme under which IIT courses will be taught to students in village using CSCs. These centres had also tied up with TCS and Siemens for skill development courses.
  • If one CSC employs 10 people, these centres can generate employment for 2.5 crore people.
  • CSCs provide digital access and services in areas without digital connectivity.