Good News for Passengers: Now customers can pay bills, recharge phones, file Aadhaar, Apply for PAN cards at Railway Stations I Here’s How
Very soon, Indian Railways passengers will have the facilities to pay their electricity bills, recharge their mobiles, fill their Aadhaar and PAN card forms and even file their taxes through CSC (Common Service Centre) kiosks in 200 stations across the country. These CSC kiosks will be set up by the PSU-RailTel.
The scheme is announced in partnership with CSC e-Governance Services India and Electronics & Information Technology Ministry. The kiosks at railway stations will be run by VLEs (village level entrepreneurs) according to a PTI report.
CSC offered services
It will include booking of tickets for travel like train, bus, air etc, Voter Card, Aadhar Card, PAN card, Income tax, mobile recharge, electricity bill payment, insurance, banking and much more. It is named ‘RailWire Saathi Kiosks’. RailWire is the brand name of RailTel’s retail broadband service.
Currently, these kiosks are made operational at the Varanasi city and Prayagraj city stations in Uttar Pradesh on a pilot basis. Similar kiosks will be launched at around 200 railway stations, especially in rural areas in phases, the PTI report said.
Of these, 44 are in South Central Railway zone, 20 are in North Frontier Railway, 13 are in East Central Railway, 15 are in Western Railway, 25 are in Northern Railway, 12 are in West Central Railway, 13 are in East Coast Railway and 56 are in North Eastern Railway.
CMD of RailTel Puneet Chawla said in the PTI report that people in rural areas don’t get easy access to e-governance services due to a lack of resources and knowledge of the internet. He then added that this step will bring important digital services to rural railway stations and support them.
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