» 12/10/2014, 00.00
Delhi wants a digital "single archive" for 1.2 billion of people
The database will consolidate public records of the whole country, from police files to identity cards. Planned the laying of optical fiber cables to 250,000 village clusters.
New Delhi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - India is
building its own database platform to consolidate public records from across
the world's second-most populous nation in a bid to modernize services. The
Department of Electronics & Information Technology will develop the
software for the database itself, using open-source platforms where possible.
initiative will integrate police, court and criminal files, R.S. Sharma,
secretary of the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, said
in an interview. The government will also build its own platform for uniform
payment, property registration and social assistance systems, he said.
and Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder of software services company Infosys Ltd., helped implement the government's Aadhaar project to give every Indian a unique biometric identity.
So far, 720 million people have the identities, which will be used in the
databases, with the rest due to be completed in the next few months, Sharma
In a move
that can help reduce fraud, every citizen in the nation of 1.2 billion will get
access to cloud storage connected to their digital identity, enabling them to
access services if they move to a different state, apply for a job or request
assistance, Sharma said.
India's Internet use is surging and the nation is forecast to surpass the U.S. as the second-largest online population after China, most people still don't have Web access to reach these new government
country had 278 million Internet users as of October, leaving about a billion
others off-line. Most of those people live in rural India, according to
McKinsey & Co. The government plans to connect rural residents by laying
optical fiber cable to 250,000 village clusters by 2016. The plan was started
in 2011 and
originally due to be finished by last year.
administration has vowed to complete the project, and level the access
disparity between cities and villages.
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