On April 15, 2021, The Common Services Center (CSC), the government’s e-governance services arm made a partnership with Tata Power to set up solar-powered micro grids and water pumps in rural areas across the country.
About the partnership in brief:
Objective: To provide clean and sustainable energy to households and businesses in rural areas.
Affordable Power through Micro grids:
- Under the partnership, Tata Power planned to set up 10,000 micro grids in rural areas with support from CSC’s village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs).
- The VLE’s will be trained to install and maintain the micro grinds and they also will connect the rural citizens and MSME units.
- The power generated through the micro grids will be serviced by a local entrepreneur at an affordable cost with better quality.
- Pilot program: The micro-grids has been piloted in five villages of Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh
Tata Power will also provide solar water pumps(rental) to 6000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)
As per the partnership, 3.75 lakh CSCs will be involved in supplying solar water pumps to farmers and help in setting up micro grids, hence it will create employment to a minimum of two persons in each panchayat and thereby which will lead to 20,000 jobs for rural youth.
Recent Related News:
On 26th March 2021, Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) signed a pact with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle (CSC SPV) to create a demand aggregation for electric mobility(e-mobility), solar, energy efficiency solutions and other initiatives of CESL.
About CSC and its structure:
It is an Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) enabled front end service delivery point, formed under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), in May 2006 to offer web-enabled e-governance services for G2C (government-to-citizen) and other B2C (business-to-citizen).
Managing Director of CSC- Dinesh Tyagi
The PPP structure of CSC:
The Public Private Partnership (PPP) model of CSC has a 3-tier structure
- Tier-1: The VLE – which is a CSC operator,
- Tier-2: The Service Centre Agency (SCA)- which is responsible for a division of 500-1000 CSCs, and
- Tier3: State Designated Agency (SDA) – which is responsible for managing the implementation in the entire State.
Department of Information Technology(DIT) has appointed a National Level Service Agency (NLSA) to support the SDAs and SCAs