E-commerce Services- Enhancing Rural Entrepreneurship through CSCs

E-commerce Services- Enhancing Rural Entrepreneurship through CSCs 

Hon’ble Union Minister of Communication and IT, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad would be inaugurating a National Level Conference on "E-Commerce Services: Enhancing Rural Entrepreneurship through CSCs“ on December 5, 2015 at  Scope Complex, New Delhi. This is an initiative by CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd. (CSC-SPV) to create a platform to enhance rural entrepreneurship through CSCs.

CSC SPV in association with e-Commerce partners is enabling sale, purchase and last mile delivery network to offer a level playing field in logistics for rural markets. The aim of this conference is to bring all stakeholders on a common platform to discuss, deliberate and share best practices.

The event will be attended by senior officers from Department of Electronics & IT and Department of Post. The two departments of the Ministry of IT have joined hands to enable last mile delivery of services.

The event has received tremendous response from the e-Commerce industry. Major Indian      e-Commerce and logistics companies have confirmed their presence. Nearly 500 Village Level Entrepreneurs of CSCs from across the country are expected to attend the event.

Making Aadhar Card Mandatory for Digital India Programme Schemes 
Aadhaar Card is not mandatory for availing benefits in the schemes under Digital India Programme, concern has been raised regarding storage of Aadhaar card data. But a well-designed and robust data security system is in place. The architecture of Aadhaar ecosystem has been designed to ensure data security, privacy, non-duplication, data integrity and related aspects. Additionally, security audits are also conducted. A multilayer approach is adopted in providing security measures with multiple formats being used at different steps from the point of collection to the ending stage. Further, UIDAI has been declared STQC ISO 27001:2013 certified and also been identified to be declared as “Critical Infrastructure” by National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) adding another layer of IT security assurance.

The Services of UIDAI for using Aadhaar Information are being offered to the Ministry (DeitY) free of cost.

This information was given in a written reply in Rajya Sabha by Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today. 

Mobile Governance Programme 
The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India has started the delivery of public services through mobile platform since July 2011. The following steps have been taken to implement Mobile Governance so far:

DeitY has developed and notified the framework for Mobile Governance in February, 2012.

DeitY is implementing Mobile Seva project as a one-stop solution to all the Central and State government departments and agencies across the nation for all their mobile services delivery needs.

As on date, over 1973 Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments are using Mobile Seva for providing SMS based services and over 690.6 crore SMS notifications have been sent to citizens for various mobile based services.

Citizens can now directly interact with Government Departments through SMS. As on date, over 583 public services have been made available to the citizens.

A Mobile Applications Store (m-AppStore) has been developed as part of Mobile Seva project and currently hosts over 659 mobile applications.

The Government of India is implementing the “Digital India” programme with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. Under the Digital India programme, Government has proposed to implement e-Kranti which envisages provisioning of various e-Governance services in the country. The focus of the e- Kranti programme is to transform the e-Governance services by expanding the portfolio of Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) in e-Governance under various Government Departments, undertaking Government Process Reengineering (GPR), work flow automation, introducing latest technologies such as Cloud and mobile platform and focus on integration of services.

Various projects are being implemented under Digital India to transform the functioning of Government Departments and Governance services in order to make them more efficient e.g. MyGov, Digital Locker System, eHospital, National Scholarships Portal, Common Services Centres (CSCs), Mobile Seva etc.

This information was given in a written reply in Rajya Sabha by Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad today. 

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