Hindu Business Line
New Delhi , Sept. 21
The Government is planning a major digital expansion by setting up one lakh rural Common Service Centres (CSCs), which will basically be computer kiosks, at a total cost of Rs 5,742 crore [USD$1.2 billion] , through a public-private partnership (PPP) mechanism.
These centres are expected to bridge the digital divide existing today between the urban and rural areas.
According to a Government spokesperson, a proposal for setting up CSCs was approved by the Union Cabinet on Thursday. These centres are proposed to substantially extend the reach of digital services and economic opportunities into the rural and remote areas of the country.
Of the total outlay of Rs 5,742 crore, the Centre’s share will be Rs 856 crore and the State Governments’ contribution Rs 793 crore. The private sector is expected to chip in with the balance and bulk of the amount of Rs 4,093 crore.
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