18-08-2009 CSCs and disabilities

 18-08-2009, Dept. of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology 
 No. 1(61)/2009-PIO(RTI), date 15-09-2009
 With regard to the plan of establishing Common Service Centers in rural India, please provide me the following information related to disable friendly initiatives planned and implemented in the Common Service Centers, for the motor disabled, visually disabled and mentally challenged.

 Reference your request/application dated 18-08-2009 on the above subject.
The para-wise information us as under:-


 A. In the state of Punjab and Jharkhand where the CSC Report of June 2009 shows 100% roll out,

1. Please inform me, what is the total number of centers in the two state?





2. What number of persons with disabilities have utilized services of these  CSC in the year 2009 till June. Please provide details on persons with locomotor disability, visual disability, mental challenges and illiterate.


3. What number of these centers are accessible to persons on wheelchairs. Please provide figures for the current year up to June 2009.

4. Does these Center have Screen readers for the visually disabled and the illiterate. If yes, please provide details of what screen reader is being used and in what language. Also inform the number of centers are having screen readers.

5. What number of persons with visual disability have utilized the services of the CSC through these screen readers in the year 2009 till June.

6. What is the budgetary implications of 1 CSC?










7. What part of the budget is diverted towards enabling information access by the disabled? Please provide a disability wise break-up.
 A. In the state of Punjab and Jharkhand where the CSC Report of June 2009 shows 100% roll out,

1. The Department of Information technology has approved setting up of 2112 centers in Punjab, however, implementation is to be started by the State Government. For Jharkhand, 4562 centers were sanctioned as per report submitted by National Level Service Agency (NLSA), 4554 centers have been made operational.

2. The information pertains to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the State. The address of the State designated agency for t6he CSC is: Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology, Ground Floor, Engineers Hostel- II, Dhurwa, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

3. The information pertains to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the State.

4. The information pertains to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the State.


5. The information pertains to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the State.

6. CSCs are being set up on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model under which investment is made by Service Center Agency (SCA). Government provides viability gap funding which id deretmined through bid process. The viability gap from Jharkhand is as below:
 S.No.
 SCADivision
 Rs. Per month
 1 M/s U.T.L.
Ranchi
Hazaribagh
Kolhan
 700/-
 3000/-
 3000/-
 2 M/s Zoom Developers
Dumka
 3178/-
 3 M/s A.I.D.
 Palamu3284/-

7. The information pertains to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the State.
 B. In other states where CSCs are underway and are proposed,
  1. Please inform me are these centers being made accessible to the visually disabled. If yes, please provide details how? If no, please answer why so? Also provide details of software which are planned to be installed for the visually challenged.
  2. Are these centers planned to be accessible to persons on wheelchairs. If yes, please provide details how? If no, please answer why so?
  3. What software and hardware arrangement are planned or proposed in the CSCs for the mentally challenged?
 
The information in respect of B 1), 2) and 3) pertain to State Government as such, the same may be obtained from the concerned State. However, guidelines for CSC scheme are enclosed.

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