The telecentres offer as many as 40 services, the most important one being the digitised land records. Besides, a villager does not have to travel the faraway district headquarters for getting various certificates issued normally by the district administration.
“A citizen who had to spend a whole day and a minimum of Indian Rupees 150 to get services by way of bus fares and money given to officials to get the certificates, will have to pay just Rs. 15 as service fee at the telecentre, Mr Gururaj said. The services include registration of life and death, income certificate, marriage certificate, residence certificate, etc. The telecentres have also recently started railway reservation and accepting payment towards electricity and telephone.
The delegation in the evening left for Kolkata. Next two days, the delegates will visit rural telecentres in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.