Common Service Centres made new source of self-employment
In the early stages of the development of internet technology, no one imagined that it would become an important invention and tool for providing employment for the youth, especially in the rural areas. It has now been made a reality for the educated youth in rural areas of UP. The youth are taking an interest in opening Common Service Centres (CSC) for creating self-employment.
Over the last two months, as many as 89, 945 youths in the rural areas have shown interest in opening CSCs, and out of these 53,026 youths have already opened CSCs and are providing benefits of 258 services of 35 government departments of the state government to the public and earning money. Soon 36,919 CSCs will also start functioning as they have received permission from the state government.
This interest of rural youths in successfully being self-employed through the CSCs is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s dream being realised. The CM, a tech-savvy person himself, reviews and handles the files of several government departments through a laptop.
The CM has also been online monitoring the progress of government schemes through the `Darpan’ dashboard. Due to his interest and knowledge of the communication technology, CM Yogi Adityanath accelerated the setting up of the CSC which aims to provide government services to villagers, thus providing self-employment to educated youths in the rural areas of the state.
It is to be mentioned that the CM had set a target of opening 1.5 lakh CSCs in the rural areas in the state in four months. Besides this, he has also set a target to provide self-employment to about 4.5 lakh rural youths as he believes that with the opening of CSCs in the rural areas, villagers will not have to come to cities to avail the services of the state government.
This will not only save money and time of the villagers but the CSCs will also create opportunities to provide self-employment in the villages. The CSCc not only aim to provide self-employment to at least two rural youths but also generate good income. With this thought, the CM had prepared a work plan for the third phase of the CSCs and under this, it was decided to open two CSCs instead of one in the rural areas.
Earlier, one CSC was opened in every Gram Panchayat and one in cities for populations of every ten thousand. It was also decided to provide 258 services of 35 government departments through the CSCs, which were started with the objective of making the rural youth self-reliant.
To ensure income for the rural youth, it was decided to charge a fee of Rs 30 per service. Earlier this charge used to be Rs 20. In addition, to increasing the income of the operators of the CSC, it was also decided that the government would give Rs 11 per interaction, compared to Rs 4 per transaction earlier.
According to officials of the department of electronics and information technology, the target of opening 1.5 lakh CSCs in the rural areas will be met by March.
Now, as many as 89,945 youths have come forward to open CSCs in just two months as the youths have started earning better by the scheme prepared on the instructions of the CM and due to which, the target of opening 1.5 lakh CSCs will also be achieved by 15th March.
Services provided at the CSCs:
Services being provided at the CSCs include e-district services, passport, PAN Card, bill payment, recharge, LIC insurance installment, birth and death certificate, income certificate, domicile certificate, status certificate, copy of the ‘Khatauni’, disability certificate and applying for old-age pension, widow pension and scholarships. Besides this, the facilities of Adhar card, election card, adding name in the voter list and identification card can also be availed of on the CSCs. Along with this, services like mobile recharge, mobile bill payment, DTH recharge, instant money transfer, data card recharge, Red Bus, SBI Life and bill cloud are also being provided.
Yogi govt. achieves 92 per cent of revenue target of the 2020-21 financial year*
The year 2021 started on a promising note in terms of revenue collection as the taxable and non-tax revenue collection of the Yogi government increased by Rs 2,796 crore in January 2021 compared to the figure in the same month in 2020
While revenue collection in January 2020 was about Rs 9,921 crore, it was Rs 12,717 crore in January 2021. The government has achieved 92 per cent of its revenue target in January – two months before the completion of the financial year 2020-21. Besides handling the Covid-19 pandemic successfully, the policies of the Yogi Adityanath government also ensured that the state’s economy had minimum impact during the period.
As far as the GST collection is concerned, the total revenue collection in January 2021 was Rs 4,290 crore compared to a collection of Rs 4,166 crore in January 2020. Similarly, the VAT collection in January 2021 was Rs 2,235 crore, compared to Rs 1,788 crore in 2020.
The revenue collection in the Excise head increased by Rs 1,778 crore as it was Rs 3,472 crore in January 2021 compared to Rs 1,694 crore in 2020.
The clear stance of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath against land mafias must have given impetus to the real estate sector. There has been an increase of Rs 346 crore in January 2021 in the revenue collection in stamp and registration at about Rs 1,747 crore in January 2021, compared to Rs 1,400 crore in January 2020.
The revenue collection in geology and mining saw an increase of Rs 118 crore as it was about Rs 353 crore in January 2021, compared to Rs 235 crore in January 2020.
Bank Correspondent Sakhi scheme to make rural women self-reliant
The ambitious Bank Correspondent Sakhi scheme launched by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is set to benefit rural women in a big way, as under this scheme rural people will be benefitted by banking facilities in their own village without any glitches.
The training programme of 56,875 BC Sakhi has started and by April they will start operation. “A total of 58,532 BC Sakhis, one each in every gram panchayat of the state, will be appointed in the state, of which, 56,875 will be appointed in the first phase,” a senior official said.
He said the scheme’s objective is to train rural women efficiently in all 75 districts by March itself so they may begin working on ground from April onwards. The Yogi Adityanath government is constantly working to increase the footsteps of women on the path of development under ‘Mission Shakti’ and ‘Mission Rojgar’ in the state and this is one endeavour towards this goal.
Women with rural backgrounds are being provided better employment opportunities under such visionary schemes of the Yogi Adityanath government. The women of the National Rural Livelihood Mission group have begun to embody the government’s ambitious plans.
State Project Manager, Diwakar Singh said, “Training programmes for rural women started in 28 districts of the state in January and the same began in early February. In every district, groups of 30 women are undergoing training which is being done by the Rural Self Employment Institute.”
After the completion of training and taking charge from April, the bank associates will be given an honorarium of Rs 4,000 per month by the National Rural Livelihood Mission through self-help groups (SHGs) for six months. In addition, an amount of Rs 50,000 will be given to them for purchasing digital devices. They will be given commission by the bank on deposit and withdrawal of funds.
Under this scheme, rural people will benefit by getting banking facilities in their own village without any glitch. BC Sakhi will inform, make aware and educate people about the government’s golden schemes like Kanya Sumangala Yojana and Widow Pension Scheme to uplift rural areas.
“Government’s ‘Digital India campaign’ has made the life of people much easier. The campaign has fulfilled people’s desire of getting easy employment opportunities even from their homes,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Village Development Department, Manoj Kumar Singh.
Uttar Pradesh is the first state in the country to execute such a scheme to provide employment to women. Under this scheme, there will be an examination for women after the training. Women who pass this examination will get a chance to work as a ‘banking sakhi’. In case any woman fails, arrangements will be made to send other women for the training.