During the function organized by the department of information technology in collaboration with MBD group at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Molvi Imran Raza Ansari who is the Minister for IT, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports inaugurated an android mobile application under National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM). Pawan Kumar Gupta Minister of State for IT and Finance was the Guest of Honor at the occasion held on October 27, 2015.
Other dignitaries of the valley present on the occasion includes: Commissioner Secretary Information technology, Technical Education, Youth Service and Sports, Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary to PHE, P A Malik, Director NIELIT, A.H Moon, Chief Operation officer CSC, Korath Mathew and Praveen Singh of MBD group besides Director General YSS, Jahangir Mir and Secretary SSB, S.A Raina and other officers of IT Department and a large number of VLEs of Kashmir.
Pawan Gupta while addressing the gathering about the background on Digital India Program said, “it is a flagship programme of the Union Government to make India a digitally literate country.” He stressed for improving digital literacy programme across the State, in order to facilitate people at ground level.
Online service for Public Service Commission (PSC), Service Selection Board (SSB) and Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) through Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs), commonly known as Common Services Centers (CSCs) or Khidmat Centers was also launched by the Ministers present. Even the handbook of NDLM in Urdu was introduced and I-Pads among VLEs were also distributed.
Molvi Ansari while addressing the gathering said, “These services would help people, especially educated youth to communicate with institutions viz PSC, SSB and BOPEE.” He said, “Government is making concerted efforts to extend various services to the people across the State through such CSCs and other units of IT Department.”
The Minister further informed that in the first phase, 56 such services will be launched under e-District through ‘Apna CSC portal’. He further said that efforts are also on to extend services like Child Enrollment and Election Services. “We have already received approval from PHE Department for collection of water bills through CSCs and in shortly we will also receive approval for collection of PDD bills through CSCs,” he added.
Further the Minister was of the view that under e-governance plan CSCs are conceptualized as ICT enabled, front-end service delivery points for delivery of government, social and private sector services in areas viz agriculture, health, education, entertainment, FMCG products, banking, financial services, utility payments etc.