Uttaranchal to create central citizen database vault

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Uttaranchal, one of the northen states of India, develops a central data repository and public key infrastructure to make it easier for citizens to access government e-Services.

According to a company statement by CrimsonLogic, the appointed IT services vendor, the project will be financed to the tune of S$3 million (US$1.9 million) by the State of Uttaranchal. The project will consist of three parts–a household survey, design and implementation of the repository or citizen data vault, and the development of PKI for citizens to access government services online or via public kiosks. CrimsonLogic expects to complete the project by the end of 2006.

Efforts are already underway to collect and store citizen data, such as addresses and the number of members in a household. Individuals are also photographed and asked to provide their fingerprints. The data is then stored in the system, which will become a common referral platform for all government departments. This sharing of information in turn will enable the deep integration of government processes so that e-Services can be designed around the lives and needs of citizens.

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