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CSCs and Passport Services

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  • September 8, 2021
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CSCs and Passport Services

Part of: Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions 

Context The Common Services Centres (CSC) has received approvals to manage and operate Passport Seva Kendra kiosks in rural areas.

Key takeaways 

  • The village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs), who operate the CSCs, will be entrusted with collecting documents, photographs and other details necessary for the passport process as well as the initial non-police verification.
  • A nominal fee of up to Rs 100 could be charged for the same.
  • The pilot for the programme was launched at a few CSCs in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. 
  • Full-fledged services will be rolled out nationwide soon

What is CSC?

  • The CSC is a special purpose vehicle of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • CSCs are physical facilities for delivering Government of India e-Services to rural and remote locations where availability of computers and Internet was negligible or mostly absent.
  • They are multiple-services-single-point models for providing facilities for multiple transactions at a single geographical location.
  • Current function of CSCs
    • At present, CSCs are allowed only to fill and upload application forms for others, pay an applicable fee on an applicant’s behalf, and schedule an appointment for them.
  • It has over the past three years tied up with partners, both in the public and private sector, across domains by leveraging their presence across the country.
  • They have done tie-ups with domestic and multinational corporations as well such as Tata, PepsiCo, Unibic foods, etc.
  • During lockdown, VLEs also opened up Grameen e-store for easy delivery of essential and non-essential items in villages, gram panchayats and other rural areas.

News source: IE

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