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Maharashtra floats RFP for CSC

The Maharashtra Information Technology Department, SETU Maharashtra has floated Request for Proposal (RFP) for establishment of Common Service Centers called as ‘MAHASETUs’ within Maharashtra.

Mumbai: In its bid to provide easy access to public utility services, the Maharashtra Government has floated the request for proposal (RFP) for setting up 8,209 Common Service Centers (CSC)—Mahasetu—by 2008.

The RFP that closes on December 14, 2007 has invited corporates, societies, trusts, consortium, and NGOs to participate as Service Center Agencies (SCA) to set up, operate and manage a minimum of 7,285 rural and 924 urban Mahasetu centers across Maharashtra on a public private partnership (PPP) model.

As per the RFP, 20 per cent completion and rollout of CSCs should take place within 7.75 months, 50 per cent completion and rollout of CSCs within nine months and 23 days, 75 per cent completion and rollout of CSCs within 11 months and 23 days, and 100 per cent completion and rollout of CSCs within 14 days and 23 days.

The CSCs would offer a multitude of services ranging in the areas of e-Governance, like like land records, vehicle registration, issuance of certificates and government schemes, ration cards, electoral services, pension schemes, public grievance.

It would also offer services ranging from education, health, agriculture, commercial and retail, besides commercial services like Web surfing, photocopy, DTP, e-mail, games and e-commerce.
—iGovernment Bureau

It is very essential step to connect people to e-Governence. It must be implemented soon. I hope it will succeeed at govt & public level. In future I am also interested to open this. Santosh

Absolutely agree with sir Dr Ajay V Deshmukh. Just to add to that... Normal scenario of governments, first of all does not reach the end users and secondly by the time its implemented and reaches end users it has lost its origin. The leaders and officers have changed and further the new officers take time to absorb the status of the present project state so whole essence of the project is lost. To my opinion the officers and the implementers should remain on the project till the completion even if they are transfered.

This is the real need. The initiative taken by the government is appreciated. Interesting feature of this project is that it is useful to urban as well as rural areas. It has shown that technology platform could be common to both rural as well as urban people; which is a sign of real development. This type of system would definitely improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our own people making a large amount of efforts productive. It simply means how people they spend time in a state/country that matters for nation building. Waiting time (which normally does not contribute in any thing) could be reduced using this system. Coherence will also be seen (with the availability of this system), in the working methodology of the people with a better common understanding. Definitely we have our own people to manage this type of system and implementation is not at all a dream. Instead of just worring about the implementation part, let us start in a big way involving a larger force. Priorities could be for healthcare, education and agro based industries. Certainly people from education, as well as industry should come forward to implement this. Afterall it is the mass education which is going to help us. Good Administrators, managers, executives, and technologists along with the people in general all are required to implement the system.
Dr Ajay V Deshmukh, Principal, SCOE, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai and Alumnia of IIT Bombay, Mumbai

By coming across this news I felt great enthuasistic as we are working in the field of ICT for Rural development.

In revelance to the same i think that the Mission 2007 : Every Village a Knowledge Centre, an Nation wide alliance of more than 150 organisations of Government Departments, Research Institutes, INGOs and NGOs and many Corporate Organisations as Member could be suggested. I personally feel that the body could share their own experience in the field and probably some can take up the job as well.

Its an excellent initiative, but would serve the purpose only if the entire system is transparent to general public which may yield enormous amount of revenue along with lot of assurance in the e-governance because of the easy availability of network structures available in the market today. The USP of the system would be uniformity and the implementation under a single platform.

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