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January 08, 2006
The Grameen Sanchar Sewak (GSS) scheme, kickstarted by BSNL and the Department of Posts in 2002, is ready to be regularised and go national.
The GSS scheme, which began with the idea of employing rural postmen to carry mobile phones from door-to-door in 12,001 villages, has tapped into the 7,000-strong network of self-employed people that Grasso( Grameen Sanchar Society)-a non-governmental organization
-uses to carry phones to far-flung locations.
Grasso-subsidized by BSNL for the gSS scheme- has provided mobile reach to 93% of West Bengal's 34 blocks. They are now planning Common Service Centres(CSCs) in the State's 3,357 gram panchayats. The CSCs are to be a hu for about 20 services, ranging from
electriity bill payment, tea and coffee to commodity trading, warehousing and cold storage.
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