Aiming to improve rural internet connectivity, Department of Telecom under Ministry of Telecommunication, has launched 5,000 WiFi choupals in partnership with with CSC which will provide 60,000 WiFi hotspots in rural areas.
Speaking on the development, Railway Minister Goyal, ‘My dream will come true if you accept the challenge to open extension counters of banks in 2.9 lakh places. If required we can collaborate with renewable and power ministry to set-up small solar units at your places so that electricity becomes free’.
He added, ‘Along with these, we can connect with core banking. If an extension counter of a bank is opened, then every villager will have a bank near his/her home
Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that every ministry and government department is exploring opportunities to utilise the reach of CSCs in rural areas. She said that the DoT is looking to maintain BharatNet network; and the higher education department is looking to deliver its education content in gram panchayats through CSCs. Under the agreement signed between IRCTC and CSC e-Governance, all 2.9 lakh common service centres (CSC) will be able to book both reserved and unreserved train tickets.
The move will help all 2.9 lakh CSCs will be connected with technology for railway ticket booking. Around 40,000 CSCs are providing this service, and IRCTC should accelerate and make sure that in the next 8-9 month every CSCs should have this facility.