There are serious challenges facing the country in terms of supply of essential services during Covid-19. Jharkhand’s Bundu block is not an exception. Thanks to VLE Shiv Shankar Kumar who is easily facilitating supply of essential items, disbursement of government entitlements like payment under MGNREGA, social security pension, Handicapped, and Old Age Pension. He runs his CSC at Reladih Panchayat. With the help of village Sarpanch, the VLE has created whats app group of all villagers. They post their requirements in the whats app group and the VLE fulfills their requirements at doorsteps. The VLE also runs online Kirana Shop through which he is providing supply of all the essential items.
After completing Masters in IT, Shiv Shankar Kumar joined Tata Steel as Engineer. But, he quit his job as an Engineer in 2017 to pursue his career as entrepreneur. He says, “I loved my job. I had a great team, good quality work that gave me enough opportunities, and a good work life balance. But at the end of the day, I was still an employee in a huge firm.”
Government was very active in promoting its flagship project Digital India. Being an IT engineer, he was very passionate to empower his village through ICT. And, CSC provided him the platform for the Digital Empowerment of his village.
Shiv Shankar says, “Initially, things were tough but it motivated me to put all my focus in my business. I started with zero and built it up. Every day I continue to see it grow and succeed. Success is defined in many ways and I define it as pursuing what makes me happy and solving problems that others dread.” Today, the VLE has employed 7 persons at his centre.
65 years old Bhuwan Chand gets his oldage pension through his CSC. He admits that due to the CSC in Reladih village, he saves time and money. He earlier had to visit 20 km distance to receive his pension through Bank. VLE is now offering door-to-door service among the disadvantaged people in nearby villages where he distributes pension through DIGIPAY. He is setting inspiration for other youngsters to work and succeed in their life. In DigiPay, his monthly transaction is Rs. 5 Lakh.
Apart from DigiPay, the VLE is providing services on PMGDISHA, Ayushman Bharat PAN Card, PMSYM, Election Services. Everyday 70-80 villagers from nearby villages come to his centre for CSC services.
The VLE has also enrolled 10,000 people in Ayushman Bharat Yojana and also completed ECI 2019 survey 70,000 citizens. He is also providing E-stamp service in Block Bundu.