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Government expects all the 27 mission mode projects envisaged under the e-governance draft, totake off by end of 2014.
The total estimated number of CSCs is 2,50,000 by 2012, covering allPanchayats.
Common Service Centers (CSCs) are still by far the most widely used Internet access points. About 65 per cent of all Internet access in rural India happens at a CSC or any publiclyaccessible computer. Education related surfing (49 per cent), general Internet surfing (46 per cent), gaming purposes (28 per cent) and biodata and CV services (25 per cent) were the mainreasons for people to access CSCs.
he total number of active internet users in rural India is projected to rise by 98 per cent and touch 24 million by December 2011
About 69 per cent of therural population is aware of internet, Only 18 per cent have had to access internet fromCommon Service Centers (CSCs) located outside the 10 km radius.
Connectivity has been provided to 66,758 CSCs out of which 18,222 CSCs are connectedthrough BSNL as on 31st March 2011. A total of 93,163 CSCs have been rolled out throughoutthe country with 100% roll out in 11 States
(Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Tripura, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Manipur, Puducherry and Sikkim); m
ore than 80% rollout in 13States (
Orissa, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, HimachalPradesh,Tamilnadu, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, and West Bengal
) andmore than 50% roll out in about 3 States
(Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh)
.Complete roll out of 100,000 CSCs is expected to be accomplished by June 2011. Over 100,000rural micro enterprises have been created as a result of execution of this scheme.Though CSCs have been recognized as powerful change agents towards sociallyinclusive community participation, the scheme is being snowed down under with issueshindering its functions and sustainability. Even in states that have legitimately achieved absoluterollout, all the established centres are yet not completely operational. Some centers had beenopened and then got closed while a huge chunk instituted non - G2C services. Significantly, out