Established in 2012, CSC Forum is a unique initiative wherein major SCAs have come together to share, disseminate, empower themselves and their VLEs basis collective wisdom gained while working on the CSC project. The Forum represents players with specializations in Financial Services, IT, Livelihoods Promotion, Social Welfare Development, Portal Management, Rural Livelihood, Education and Agri sector to name a few. As an enabler, the CSC Forum aims at collaborating with DeitY, Industry, CSC SPV and policy makers to enable efficient and transparent service delivery. Members of the CSC Forum have contributed significantly to Digital India having trained over 260,000 individuals in various e-learning programs, generated 55 million Aadhaar cards and opened 26 million bank accounts, transforming millions of lives in the process.
Led by Mr. Umang Das – Chairman and Mr. Rajiv Aggarwal- Co Chairman this body is firmly committed to ensuring effectiveness of the programme. Sahaj e-Village Ltd., NICT, AISECT, CMS Computers Ltd., Spanco Group, Vayam Technologies Ltd., Calance Software Pvt. Ltd., iTiger Shop, CitizenCenter Technologies, GNG Ltd. & VisaHQ are proactively working to increase the network and reach out to a larger population. CSC Forum functions through its secretariat which is an independent body.
The power of CSC lies in its focus on content customization and multi lingual delivery of End to End Services. The CSC Forum as an industry association and apex body has been successful in finding solutions through discussions and has stayed focused on issues pertaining to motivating Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLE), building capacity, enhancing the scope of services and resolving field level challenges. CSC Forum is growing every day with increase in interest of association from other operating SCAs and curiosity expressed by corporate organization in partnering CSC Forum to explore the deep rural hinterland. The Forum, as a Knowledge organization, conducts active dialogues on regular basis with ICT specialists, RMAI (Rural Marketing Association of India), activation agencies and those who have excelled at grass root operations to find solutions to various issues pertaining to the successful operations of CSCs.
The CSC scheme is an excellent example of success in a PPP model which has clearly set a global record of building ICT enabled rural centres in a complex and extremely diversified population. The combined effort of DietY, SCAs and VLEs has created more tele-centers than the rest of the world (ITU) report. It clearly shows that DietY along with SCAs has created a platform with the ability to reach out to almost 90% of rural India bringing us one step closer to “inclusive growth”. Many Government departments including large corporates have started looking at the CSC network as a Service Delivery and Distribution Channel.