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Proponents of rural kiosks hope that these centres can be used to support health, banking, governance, agricultural and other applications that contribute to development agendas (Kuriyan & Toyama 2007). 34 ICTs and Development Telecentres in rural India A key driver of the deployment of rural telecentres was the policy concern that certain sections of society were deprived of the benefits of India’s export-oriented IT industry (IIIT-B, 2005). Presence of many agencies in the sphere has led to different kinds of telecentre models and initiatives.

9. Antin (2006) define ‘kiosk/telecentre projects as those which provide access to information technologies and related services, and have become an important vehicle for delivering the benefits of ICTs to the developing world’. 10. ‘Telecentres are tools for development across sectors’ (Fillip & Foote, 2007, p. 1). 11. A telecentre is ‘a community centre that offers shared access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for the purpose of community-level development and poverty reduction.

It became more centralized, with greater involvement of the government departments and private-sector organization than that of civil-society organizations. Its three-tier structure consisted of village-level entrepreneurs, service-centre agencies that build, manage and operate the village-level kiosk and a state-designated agency, often a government department for facilitating the implementation of the scheme. Almost all telecentre initiatives that were orchestrated by government agencies during the earlier phases like Akshaya, CICs and e-Gram merged with the CSC programme.

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