Rajasthan government wants the Central government to share the Aadhaar data to help integrate state-run welfare schemes.
While inaugurating the state’s first IT day, Rajasthan Chief MInister Vasundhara Raje said “At this moment, Aadhaar seeding is not available to us. We are still trying to get it. Hope we get it… life will be much more simpler for us.”
The state-government runs an integrated programme for benefit transfers – Bhamashah Yojna. Under it, the government directly credits benefits to the entitled, mainly to the women of the family, who is considered as the head of each unit.
“Aadhaar, Jandhan and Bhamashah, using these three platforms will be able to give Rajasthan a leg up perhaps over most other states,” Raje said.
State IT Secretary Akhil Arora said the Supreme Court has only asked the Centre not to share Aadhaar data with private entities because there are privacy concerns, but it can be shared with state governments.
“It will help us (avoid) duplication of work and better deliver state run services. There are many people in the state whose Aadhaar have been generated but not delivered to them by post. We need to complete state database of people with Aadhaar,” Arora said.
Raje also dedicated RajNET to the people of the state. RajNET is a wide area network connecting the state capital with all 9894 Gram Panchayats and 183 municipal areas in Rajasthan.
Built as a multi-mode connectivity network (through VSAT and terrestrial linkage), RajNET facilitates voice, video and data connection, enabling the effective delivery of citizen services like Bhamashah, e-Mitra and MNREGA across the State, including its remotest areas.
Speaking on the occasion at a day-long event held here, Raje said, “The basic idea in administration for us ‘SuRaaj’ or Good Governance. Effective governance has to be based on a robust IT infrastructure and within the framework of a comprehensive e-Governance architecture. This is what we are seeking to provide in Rajasthan.”
Drawing attention to the transformative power of IT, Raje said, “Today in Rajasthan, IT tools are changing lives every day. From the point of sales machine in a ration shop to the drawing of pension through bio-metric verification from an e-Mitra counter, IT is making the lives of citizens simpler and better. E-mitra, Bhamashah and last mile connectivity have made this possible.”
The Chief Minister launched RajNET by holding simultaneous video conferencing with interlocutors at eight e-Mitra kiosks at different locations across different districts of the state.
Rajasthan has decided to observe ‘Rajasthan IT Day’ on March 21 every year. The theme of this year’s IT Day is “Promotion of IT Startups”. In line with the theme, a daylong event was organised in Jaipur. Startups, mentors and investors came together to deliberate on the challenges, opportunities and outlook for startups in India.
An initiative of the Department of Information Technology and Communications, Rajasthan, the day long Rajasthan IT Day event also provided a platform to startup entrepreneurs to network, to showcase innovation and capabilities and to seek support for scaling up from government and Venture Capital organisations.
Recognising the power of technology-driven startups in wealth creation and employment generation, the state government has initiated a roadmap for the creation of a comprehensive ecosystem where startups grow and prosper.
In October 2015, the government unveiled the Rajasthan Startup Policy that is designed to galvanize the startup ecosystem and provide sustenance to the entrepreneurial talent native to the people of the State. The Government has set a target of developing 2,000 technology startups in the state by the year 2025.
Raje announced that she would soon a set up a Startup Council comprising industry stalwarts to provide new and innovative ideas to the government. Other next steps announced by her include the setting up of Cyber Crime Units in every police range.