Dehradun, October 25
The Uttarakhand Information Technology Department has begun operationalising Common Service Centres (CSCs) in all districts through the statewide roll out of the e-governance service project. This is perhaps another step towards making 30 government services accessible even to people residing in the remote corners of the state.

The CSCs are vital for the smooth roll out of the statewide e-governance services. Though nine CSCs have been created in nine districts, these are not functional due to procedural hurdles. Now, with the e-governance services project being initiated by the Department of Information Technology, the path is clear for the setting up of remaining CSCs in Haridwar, Dehradun, Tehri and Uttarkashi districts.
“The CSCs will prove to be a vital link in making 30 government services accessible to the people of the state, no matter where their villages are located. Not only will it cut red tape, but also save time,” said Dr BVRC Purushottam, Additional Secretary, Information Technology. As of now at least a few services are available through the citizen facilitation Janadhar centres, but these are not fully automated.
Besides, the government has also begun working on creating e-governance societies at the district level to be linked with the CSCs and finally the Information Development Agency (ITDA) created for the promotion of IT-enabled services.
The role of the e-governance societies will be to monitor the functioning of all citizen facilitation centres so that they continue to give good services to the people.
For this Central government-driven initiative Rs 36 crore has been allocated. Displaying similar alacrity the state government too has released its share of Rs 7 crore so that the work could be started immediately. The deadline for the project is December 2013.
In 2004, Uttarakhand was adjudged the best IT-enabled state in the country, but it moved no further. Now, the government has revived its interest in information technology and has even begun to make efforts towards establishing a permanent state data centre at the IT park at SIDCUL. Once it becomes functional in one month the state will no longer have to rely on the temporary data centre of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education. 

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