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Identification of beneficiaries of welfare schemes: Data collected in 2011, but still lying unused

NEW DELHI: The government is yet to take a decision on how to use Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data for identifying beneficiaries of welfare schemes in Urban Areas.

These data were captured in 2011. It’s still not clear who will approve the report of an expert committee, which has suggested how to use the data to extend government benefits.

Though Rural Development Ministry has plans to use the SECC data pertaining to villages and proposes to update the data for identifying the right beneficiaries, it is dragging its feet following the recent Supreme Court order on privacy and pending the decision on Aadhaar by the apex court.

Sources said putting all the details of people in public domain may stir a debate whether their privacy is being compromised.

The SECC data were collected separately in urban areas and across villages.

TOI has learnt that rural development ministry proposes to have live data to en-sure that there is a central database of who avails of the Social Welfare Benefits. “But now the big issue is who will manage this system since it will be a mammoth task. The question also remains whether there will be two structures in urban and rural affairs ministries or one entity considering that people from rural areas are migrating fast to urban settlements? All these decisions would have to be taken.

Since the data collected dates back to 2011 there is a need to update them. The socio economic condition of people may have changed in the past six years,” said a government official.

If government accepts the Bibek Debroy committee recommendations, which submitted reports on using SECC data in urban areas, then those having a fourroom set or four-wheeler or an air conditioner will be automatically excluded from being eligible for social benefits in urban areas. Households owning all of the three items — refrigerators, washing machines and two-wheelers — will also be automatically excluded.

Sources in government argue that the inability to use SECC data in the past six years has not proved to be a roadblock in rolling out social welfare schemes. “All social welfare benefits are reaching people. Any clarity on updating and how to use the data will make it easier,” said an official.

Source : timesofindia



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