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Jharkhand BPL families to get incentives for Aadhaar

The Government of Jharkhand has decided to give incentives to families living  below the poverty line (BPL) to get the Unique Identification Development  Authority of India (UIDAI) project rolling. A token amount of `100 will be given as a financial incentive to BPL families to get each of their members  enrolled for Aadhaar.

Further, the state UIDAI is also said to be considering  the possibility of giving incentives to introducers who would aid in the identification of BPL families and the illiterate. The incentives will be credited  directly in the bank accounts of Aadhaar card holders.

UIDAI will be issuing the Aadhaar cards in five districts of Jharkhand—Ranchi, Hazaribag, Lohardaga,  Dhanbad and Deoghar—where the project has been launched initially.

The rural  development department, registrar department for the project, has planned to offer Aadhaar cards to about 38 lakh Mahatma Gandhi National Rural  Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers and BPL families in the first  phase. The plan is to make payments of wages to MGNREGA workers through Aadhaar numbers. Jharkhand is one of the few states where issuance of cards  began soon after the formal countrywide launch of the project.

Land records
Goa dept to offer e-tracking for all land record details

The Directorate of Settlement and Land Records (DSLR) in Goa is planning a  Web-based system where all survey numbers of land in Goa and their details will be visible on the Internet for viewers. The facility will allow anyone,  anywhere in the world to log on to the Website and access the land records in Goa. This would be especially beneficial to non-resident Goans who can track any parcel of land of interest to them and even print the records through a  payment gateway.

In particular, nonresident Goans who own properties in Goa, will be the immediate beneficiaries. In case of any change in the details of their property such as ownership, they can track the changes immediately because of the computerisation of the land records in Goa and the online updating of records.

DSLR had recently bagging the national level ‘Land Records Information System’ award. Goa bagged the award among 140 other entries because of the unique features of the system such as the integrated land records which are a combination of text and graphic data. Another unique feature of the system is that it instantly updates the records when land acquisition takes place.

Health Records
Haryana to e-track expecting mothers’ health

As part of a pilot project in the rural areas of Kurukshetra, Kiathal and Rohtak  districts of Haryana, children up to the age of five and expecting women are  being issued a 16-digit unique identification number to keep track of their  health. The pilot has been taken under the National Rural Health Mission  (NRHM), and will gradually be extended to the entire state.

Initially, the unique identification number will be used for keeping track of ante-natal and post-natal vaccination and immunisation schedules. As of now, immunisation schedule of pregnant women and children and other health related-data of every village are maintained manually in registers.

The modalities of the project are reportedly being worked out for the state of Punjab too.

India Transport card to arrive next year

A common transport card, which can be used for all modes of travel—buses, trains, metros, and taxis, excluding airplanes—is being planned by the Union  Urban Development ministry. The card, which is also being called the India  Mobility Card, could see initial deployments as early as the next year. The  ministry will soon hold a nationwide competition on the design of the cards,  their logo and their final name.

While the card will be introduced in chosen cities across various states to begin  with, officials say that the goal is to have a single ticketing system tying the  country. This would obviate the need to buy tickets.

Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur, Bhopal, Indore and Mumbai have reportedly been  chosen for the launch. A similar ticketing system is already in place in many  cities across the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Seattle, San  Francisco, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Rome.

Earlier this year, the Ministry engaged UTITSL, a fully owned PSU of the  Ministry of Finance, to work on the concept of the Common Mobility Cards as  well as the Automatic Fare Collection system, which is to be linked to the card  system. UTITSL is a government agency and a non-banking financial institution  under the Reserve Bank of India. The ministry plans to extend the use of the  card further to payment of tax on national highways, and even finally for utility payments, car parking, and shopping.

MHRD to use UID for tracking child development

According to a MoU signed between Ministry of Human Resource Development  (MHRD) and Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI),  the Government of India is planning to provide unique identification (UID)    numbers to all school children above five years age to track their progress at every stage.

The basis of the MoU is that while fingerprint stability begins at the age of 15,  the iris stabilises at the age of five. Therefore, children above five can be mapped biometrically and issued UID numbers.

Biometric data collection will be done through enrolling agencies. Ministry of HRD will be using the database to keep track of students’ progress on the basis of parameters such as attendance and grades. Students’ movements from  primary and secondary to higher education will be tracked and movement from one institution to another will also be monitored. Additionally, the UID numbers can be used to track children immunisation programs and can also be  used to weed out bogus entries from welfare schemes like the mid-day meal  scheme.

Govt sector demand to push India CCTV market growth

A recent report by market research and information analysis firm RNCOS has indicated that the Indian CCTV market is poised to grow at 34 percent CAGR during the 2010-12 period.

According to the report titled India’s globalisationand rising security concerns demonstrated the importance of electronics security equipments and services.  “This diversified requirement of security applications was driven by the strong  demand from government and other entities,” the report said.

It further stated that government establishments in India were gearing up to  install video surveillance systems at public places and sensitive government  buildings. An end-user analysis pointed out that the government and public  sector demand was high for overall security systems, followed by industrial and commercial sector, the RNCOS release said.

The report estimated the Indian electronics security market at around `1,600  crore in 2008, with CCTV accounting for more than a third of the market. This  segment has been growing at a much faster rate than other segments such as  access control, intrusion alarm or fire detection alarm.

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