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Bihar, India shows smart card way to cleaner rural job scheme

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Around 170 men and women in two villages of Bihar (India) would be the first to be registered as members of the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme (NREG), India through a foolproof biometric verification device.

The state government has created a permanent database of the workers. The Rural Development Department of Bihar will link it to NREG process which will give a job card or a smart card to every member. The panchayat would only need to implement a fool-proof registration and verification process. The cost of the biometric device is about INR 20,000 and cost of a laptop computer is INR 25,000.

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