Category: E-INFRASTRUCTURE, Finalist 2011
Original Title : Sahaj e-Village
Media Format : Internet / Kiosk
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Producer : SREI Sahaj e-Village Limited
Language : English, Hindi, Oriya, Assamese, Bengali and Tamil
Location : West Bengal, INDIA
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SREI Sahaj e-Village Limited (Sahaj) was created to set up and manage – under the aegis of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) – over 28,000 Common Service Centres (CSCs, called Sahaj Centres) across six States i.e. Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The purpose of this project is to reach a range of Government to Consumer (G2C) and Business to Consumer (B2C) services to the rural citizens living in the remotest corners of the country by leveraging ICT platform and thus, cutting down on costs, time and intermediaries and in the process, eliminating leakages and corruption. Sahaj’s services currently ranges from facilitation of e-Governance services and empowerment to information, education, banking, utility services to several other Business to Business (B2B) services like Market Research, sales promotions etc.
The Jury noted that Sahaj has set up around 24,000 Sahaj Centres across the States so far. In the process, it has also created 24,000 entrepreneurs and showed them the earning opportunity while living and investing in their own villages. It was also noted that in the basket of services currently these centres are offering there are financial services also which helped in financial inclusion. It was further opined that Sahaj’s infrastructure could be used by the government, private and social sector organizations, to achieve their different goals while contributing to the socio-economic development of the rural masses.
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