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Government Scheme Part 10

Date: 07 March 2019


 (Initiative of CSC)

  • To realize the vision of Digital India, Wi-Fi Choupal is an ambitious initiative of CSC e-Governance services India Limited with the mission to transform India by providing seamless Internet connectivity in rural panchayats.
  • Wi-Fi Choupal aims to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country through highly scalable network infrastructure i.e. optical fibre cable.
  • At present 7000 GPs of the country are in place with Wi-Fi infrastructure CSC Wi-Fi Choupal is in the process of expanding this infrastructure in additional GPs of the country.
  • In order to provide broadband connectivity to all households and inhabited areas of the villages under a GP through Village Level Entrepreneurs of Common Service Centres Scheme operated under supervision of CSC SPV.
  • Wi-Fi Choupal is entrusted with the deployment of affordable and reliable communication infrastructure in rural areas and leverages the end-points of the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) of BharatNet and other Telecom Operators, available at the Gram Panchayat (GP) level, and extends it using a Wi-Fi based Network .
  •  At those places, where BharatNet infrastructure is not yet available, CSC SPV has a parallel agreement with service providers like “Airtel”, “Vodafone” and utilizes their infrastructure to provide connectivity in GP’s.
  • In addition to the Wi-Fi-based services, CSC Wi-Fi Choupal is also providing following additional services:
  • Internet at home
  1. Internet for offices and business
  2.  Optical Fibre Maintenance in rural areas.
  • With CSC Intervention, the NOFN termination in a village could not only be extended for the general villagers but also to be extended over Wi-Fi to connect last mile Govt. agencies as customers, who really need connectivity viz. The 5P’s of a village”
  1. Post Office
  2. Police Station
  3. Primary Health Centre
  4. Panchayat Office and
  5. Primary (Secondary) School

Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan

(Ministry of Human Resource Development)

  • Human Resource Development Ministry launches Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0.
  • Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision to transform India, in which students from colleges and universities will go to nearby villages to get acquainted with the life of the village people and the problems faced by them in day to day life.
  • It is a flagship programme launched with the intention to enrich Rural India.
  • The knowledge base and resources of the Premier Institutions of the country are to be leveraged to bring in transformational change in rural developmental process.
  •  It also aims to create a vibrant relationship between the society and the higher educational institutes, with the latter providing the knowledge and technology support to improve the livelihoods in rural areas and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and private organisations in the society.
  • The scheme has been extended to 750 reputed Higher Educational Institutes (both public and private) of the country. 
  •  IIT Delhi has been designated to function as the National Coordinating Institute for this programme and the Ministry intends to extend the coverage to all the reputed Higher Educational Institutes, in a phased manner.
  • Each selected institute would adopt a cluster of villages / panchayats and gradually expand the outreach over a period of time.
  • Institutes through their faculty and students, will carry out studies of living conditions in the adopted villages, assess the local problems and needs, workout the possibilities of leveraging the technological interventions and the need to improve the processes in implementation of various government schemes, prepare workable action plans for the selected villages.
  • Such knowledge inputs would make their way into the development programmes in rural areas.