The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has requested the home ministry to allow more digital kiosks or common service centres (CSC) to function in rural areas during the nationwide lockdown.

At present, there are 370,000 CSCs across the country. These CSCs can help in disbursing essential services such as government subsidies sent directly into Aadhaar-linked bank accounts under schemes such as the PM-Kisan and undertaking telemedicine sessions.

At present, around 18,000 CSCs carry out banking-related services while 15,000 of them process transactions through the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AEPS).

As per CSC e-Governance Services, operational centres are already processing 100,000 withdrawals through AEPS, totalling transactions worth Rs 130 million in a day. Around 260,000 CSCs are enabled to carry out AEPS transactions. If the government allows all the centres to function, it will help those living in far-flung areas to access government money and services without going too far from their homes amid COVID-19 crisis.

Currently, only 50,000 of these centres are operating due to restrictions by the police.

Meanwhile, the usage of data accessed through Wi-Fi and fibre connections through the CSCs has also doubled from 2.7 terabytes to 4.9 terabytes per day.