Union Government launches 5000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages

The Union Government on June 11, 2018 launched 5,000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages and delivery of rail tickets through Common Service Centres (CSCs). The service was inaugurated by Union Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi.

Besides this, Railway Minister Goyal also accepted the proposal of CSC e-Governance to allow all CSCs to operate as banking correspondents and also proposed to disburse ‘Mudra Loan’ through CSCs. The Minister also stated that giving loan is a task for great responsibility and the VLE will have to be vigilant to check misuse of loan disbursed through him/her.

The centres, which are an important part of the government’s Digital India initiative, function as access points for delivery of various electronic services to villages including passport and Aadhaar enrollment. Till now, the centres have been set up in 1.8 lakh gram panchayats and will be extended to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by the end of 2018. Under the Digital India programme, at least one CSC (preferably more than one) is envisaged in 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats for delivery of various electronic services to citizens across rural India.

Key Highlights:-
1. The launch of Wi-Fi hotspots under BharatNet has seen 190 per cent jump in data usage to 95 terabyte in six months of the service.
2. Broadband internet is currently available in 7,183 gram panchayats.
3. While the first half of last 12 months saw a data consumption of around 33 TB, the second half witnessed a consumption of around 95 TB.

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