Rural Outreach Programme

In order to support Common Services Centres or CSCs at the grassroots & spread awareness about e-governance in villages, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has planned an outreach activity in nearly 2843 CSCs across the country. Since these selected CSCs are spread across the length & breadth of the country, the campaign was designed in three phases for better coverage, enhanced interaction & effective monitoring.

In Phase I, the campaign was rolled out in the Northern region covering 10 States namely Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand and has covered 1343 CSCs in a systematic manner. The short listing of these CSC villages for this programme was based on OMT (Online Monitoring Tool) performance which were then weaved into unique route plans.

With an objective to take the message of e- Governance to the remotest parts of our country, the Phase-II of the campaign is being rolled out in 10 States- Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Gujarat, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala covering 1500 CSCs.

The Outreach activity includes an exhibition van which enables hands on experience about various public services available through these CSCs. While other interesting elements of the exhibition such as nukkad natak, films and VLE assistance is helping in educating people about convenience and transparency of services available through CSCs.

Rural Outreach Phase II

The Phase II of the Campaign launched in Himachal Pradesh on August 1, 2013. The exhibition van was flagged off by Shri Virbhadra Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh on August 1, 2013, in Ridge, Shimla at 10 AM. In Himachal Pradesh, 100 CSCs from Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Bilaspur, Kangra, Una & Kullu districts were covered. The activity got completed on 24th September 2013.

Assam

The Outreach Campaign has been launched in November 2013. The Campaign has flagged-off from two locations :-

  • Dhuburi

    • 7th Nov 2013- Inaguration by Shri Rockybul Hussain, Hon'ble Minister of Panchayat & Rural Development, Environment & Forest, Govt. of Assam

  • Tinsukia

    • 11th Nov 13- inauguration by Shri Rajendra Prasad Singh, Hon'ble Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Industries & Commerce, Govt. of Assam

Meghalaya

The Outreach campaign was launched by Sh. A. L. Hek , Hon’ble Minister (IT), Govt of Meghalaya on 9th Nov 2013 from Umsning.

Maharashtra

The Outreach campaign is being launched by Shri. Balasaheb Thorat, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue and Khar Land, Govt of Maharashtra on 17th Dec 2013 from Nagpur.

Kerala

The Outreach campaign is being launched by Shri. P. K. Kunhalikutty, Honourable Minister for Industries and Information Technology, Govt of Kerala on 19th Dec 2013 from Thiruvananthapuram

In Uttar Pradesh

The Outreach campaign is being launched by Shri. Jiwesh Nandan, Secretary (IT), Govt of Uttar Pradesh on 18th Dec 2013 from Lucknow

Jharkhand

DeitY’s Rural Outreach Campaign was flagged off by Shri Hemant Soren, Chief Minister, JharkhandM, in presence of Shri R.K.Sharma, Chief Secretary, Govt of Jharkhand, Shri. N.N. Sinha, Principal Secretary (IT) from State Mantralaya and Shri Gaurav Dwivedi, Director, e-Gov, DeitY in Ranchi on January 17, 2014. Common Service Centers (CSCs) also known as "Pragya Kendras" in Jharkhand are a critical part of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).

In Jharkhand, 3891 CSCs have been setup, out of which 24 CSCs have been covered in phase-I of the campaign last year. The phase-II of the campaign is extended to cover additional 175 CSCs from Khunti, Simdega, Saraikela, Ranchi, Bokaro, Giridih, Deoghar, Jamtara, Dumka, Pakur, Sahebganj and Godda districts. A Mobile Exhibition Van with Computers, Laptop, LCD Screen, e-Governance Awareness material etc and a team of promoters will go to each of the selected CSCs and give hands on experience about various public services available through these Pragya Kendras (CSCs). Other interesting elements of the exhibition include nukkad nataks, films on NeGP & CSC to educate people about convenience and transparency of services available through CSCs.

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Tripura

The Outreach campaign is being launched by Shri Jitendra Chowdhury, Hon'ble Minister, IT, Govt. of Tripura on 21st January 2013 from Agartala.

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