IT Department tightens noose on overchargers, recommends cancellation of 6 CSCs


Srinagar, May 27, KNT: Tightening the noose around the CSCs for overcharging, the inspection teams of the Information Technology Department have recommended the cancellation of 6 licenses in both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir during surprise check of the same.

The inspection teams, under the supervision of Commissioner Secretary, Prerna Puri, conducted the surprise check of various CSCs in the twin districts of Samba and Jammu of Jammu division and Budgam in Kashmir division. The inspection was done to cross-check and verify CSC’s adherence to government-notified rates.

The inspection teams were supervised by Aijaz Qaiser, Additional Secretary IT Department.

During the surprise checks, 45 CSCs of Samba and Kathua districts (22 CSCs of District Samba and 23 CSCs of District Kathua) were inspected in Jammu division while 28 CSCs of Budgam district were inspected in Kashmir division. The inspection teams have recommended the cancellation of the licenses of 6 CSCs, 3 in the Jammu division and 3 CSCs in the Kashmir division.

Pertinently, the IT Department has notified rates to avail various online services which envisage Rs. 50 per service for government-to-citizen service and Rs. 75 for government-to-business services. Based on complaints of overcharging, 664 CSC licenses have been cancelled in the past 1 year.

Meanwhile, the Vice President CSC-SPV J&K has been directed to ensure that the notified rates are prominently displayed at a conspicuous place in each CSC sensitizing all Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) regarding notified rates. [KNT]

Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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