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IBM study on NFSA beneficiaries to be extended state-wide

IT giant may cover the remaining 29 districts in Odisha after completing study in Khurda

Jayajit Dash  |  Bhubaneswar 

After completion of proof of concept (PoC) study in Khurda district by IBM India for identification of beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, the state government has asked the IT giant to submit proposal for extending the service to rest 29 districts.

IBM India Pvt Ltd has completed the PoC exercise on single view of citizenship for citizen recognition and citizen data management for Khurda district. Following this, the state food supplies & consumer welfare department has decided to roll out the similar activity for the remaining 29 districts, subject to successful completion of data comparison of identified beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

“You are requested to submit the proposal including the licensing cost of the product, cost of services and training for extending the services for the remaining 29 districts for the state”, Pravakar Rout, deputy director, food supplies & consumer welfare, wrote to Rakesh K Meher, business manager, IBM Software Group.

IBM India had recently made a presentation on its PoC study made with the master data management (MDM) tool for integrating eight separate data base — National Population Register (NPR), voter card, e-Vahan, motorboat, electricity connections, LPG connections, pension and human resource management system (HRMS) pertaining to Khurda district.

The presentation covered the process of improving various databases, finding duplicates within and matching each of the seven databases with the NPR.

The highest match of 42 per cent was observed in HRMS followed by 28 per cent in case of voter cards.

The state government has taken an in-principle decision to use the IBM’s MDM tool for integrating database available for exclusion criteria with the NPR database across the state. However, before going for the tool, the integrated data base of Khurda district would be observed in the first phase of identification of beneficiaries under NFSA.

The first phase would cover the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Bhubaneswar block, both in Khurda district.

In Phase-II, all the urban local bodies of the state, all the remaining blocks of Khurda district and the district headquarters of the balance 29 districts would be covered. The third phase would cover 275 blocks of 29 districts.

The state government had notified the eight exclusion criteria on July 17 in the NFSA. These include the Income tax payees, persons having vehicles including two wheelers, business with TIN (tax payer identification number), households with electricity consumption of above 300 units per month, state or central government employee, persons having power tillers, fishing boats or other heavy vehicles and professional tax payees. People falling under these categories cannot apply to get benefit under the scheme.

First Published: Tue, October 07 2014. 20:15 IST