Chandel(Manipur), March 21: As a part of the ambitious EU-ACTED project of improving access to information and delivery of public scheme, 33 Common Service Centres (CSC) have been set in the 7 backward districts of North East India.
The Common Service Centre (CSC’s) are basically an internet cafe based service centres which will help the various stakeholders to access information on the 10 government schemes selected under this project including AADHAAR and RTI. The information will be available to the tive rural populace in the form of booklet, service provider handbook, brochures etc, Mintu Debth, the Documentation and Communication Officer of ACTED, said.
The project of ACTED funded by an European Union (EU) and with active implementation of NEICORD is currently undergoing in the seven backward districts Goalpara(Assam), C achar (Assam), Chandel (Manipur), Churachandpur (Manipur), Wokh (galand), Ri-bhoi (Meghalaya) and Lawngtlai (Mizoram) of North East.
The ten schemes included under this project are Jani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram, Integrated Child Development Services, Indira Awas Yoj, Mid Day meal Scheme, MGNREGA,Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yoj, Total sanitation campaign( Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan), Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyuti Karan Yoja, tiol Social Assistance Program and Targeted Public Distribution System.
The main objective behind setting up such CSCs within the districts is to create mass awareness among the tive rural populace by providing them with updated and correct information relating to the schemes across the whole district. As from the baseline surveys it has been found that lack of knowledge is the prime reason for poor performance of the schemes in the districts and the state as a whole. Majority of the people in the remote isolated villages of this districts are found to be uware regarding their right and benefits available to them.
In each of this seven districts nearly five to six CSCs have been set up so that proper information could be dissemited to every corner of the district. Till date 33 such Common Service Centers have been set across all the seven districts.
The CSCs are local entrepreneurs of the concerned districts who were trained under this project. They will help the various stakeholders to avail the information relating to the 10 schemes including AADHAR and RTI. Apart from this the CSCs will also help the people in terms of online form fillup, and any other relevant documentation process, Debth said.
With the setting up of such CSCs MrDaimei strongly believed that the tive rural populace who were earlier deprived of their right due to lack of awareness could now avail it by getting themselves updated to any of the schemes from this CSCs. This was stated in a press release.