The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) ambitious flagship project of GOI was established in February 2009 as a part of planning commission and is headed by Mr. Nandan Nilekani.
NPR involves creation of digital database having identity details of all individuals along with their photographs, finger biometrics and iris capture. Existence of such a database will enhance the efficacy of providing services to residents under government schemes, apart from improving the overall security situation and keeping a check on identity frauds in the country. The project will cover an estimated population of 1.2 billion and the total cost of the scheme is 3,539.24 crore.
The task of preparing National Population Register is planned in two phases. In first phase of the project coastal rural area was covered and in second phase rest of India will be covered. In the first stage, Collection of particulars of each resident will be digitized in two languages - English and the official language of every state/UT which is undertaken through house-to-house enumeration. The enumerators canvassing house listing schedule of census 2011 will canvass the NPR schedule also. This is then followed by clicking photographs and biometric fingerprints of all those who are above the age of 15. After various scrutinizes, the NPR database will be sent to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for biometric de-duplication and assigning of a unique identification number.
Swathy, has been at the forefront of this initiative and has already completed data digitization of over 13.4 crore residents along with ongoing biometric enrollment of over 8 crore residents in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep & Pondicherry. And stand 1st company by providing large number of enrollments in all over india.
The Election Commission of India has made voter identification mandatory at the time of poll. The electors have to identify themselves with either Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Commission or any other documentary proof as prescribed by the Commission. Swathy has been working on this project from almost 6 years now and has been very successful in executing this project with a great deal of accuracy.
Swathy has successfully carried on Socio Economic and Cast Census Project under Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Swathy has completed enrolment of over 18 crore population under the SECC project in the states of Puducherry, Chattisgarh, Chandigar, Haryana Maharashtra, Uttar pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Rashtriya Swasthya Bima is a government-run health insurance scheme. It provides for cashless insurance for hospitalisation in public as well private hospitals. The scheme started enrolling on April 1, 2008 and has been implemented in 25 states of India. A total of 23 million families have been enrolled as of February 2011. The RSBY is a project under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. Every "below poverty line" (BPL) family holding a yellow ration card pays 30 registration fee to get a biometric-enabled smart card containing their fingerprints and photographs. This enables them to receive inpatient medical care of up to 30,000 per family per year in any of the empanelled hospitals.
Pre-existing illnesses are covered from day one, for head of household, spouse and up to three dependent children or parents. The scheme is run on shared financial contribution by both central and state governments: 75% of the 600 premium (per person per year) is borne by the central government, and the rest by the state governments. There is profit motive for all parties involved. Private insurance companies provide the risk coverage, while private third-party administrators empanel hospitals and manage claims. Fixed rates have been prescribed for a long list of interventions. The scheme is unique in the fact that it is heavily IT-enabled. Enrolment of families into the scheme, smart card generation, pre-authorization of admissions, as well as claim submission and approval, all occur electronically. The workers in the unorganized sector constitute about 94% of the total workforce in the country.
One of the major insecurities for these workers is the absence of health cover for such workers and their family members. Insecurity relating to absence of health cover, heavy expenditure on medical care and hospitalization and recourse to inadequate and incompetent treatment is not only a social and psychological burden borne by these workers but there are significant economic costs resulting from loss of earning and progressive deterioration of health. Thus, the Central Government came up with the scheme of providing health insurance coverage "Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana" to BPL families. Swathy was awarded with RSBY project for the states Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala, TamilNadu, Bihar, Karnataka and Haryana. The details of beneficiaries, their biometric data (finger prints and photograph) are taken and imprinted on the smart card chip. We have provided personalized cards for 1.9 million BPL families. This is an ongoing project. So far, we have covered RSBY in 30 districts.
PDS accounts for over 400 million poor and hungry people. Numerous malpractices make safe and nutritious food inaccessible and unaffordable to the people, below the poverty line. Thus the government came up with the initiative to transform the current supply and distribution into a technology driven system. Swathy's role was to provide personalized smart cards to the beneficiaries by capturing biometric, demographic and other personal details. Biometric identification will identify the duplicate ration cards/non-existing cards and block them as bogus which in turn will reduce the malpractice and reduce the burden on government PDS Budget.
To ensure sustainability of the marine fisheries, it is essential not only to have reliable information on the status of marine fish, but also the number of fishing villages and fisher folk population, their occupation status, fishing crafts, fishing gears and other related parameters. Swathy has carried out the creation of electronic database for the marine fisherman in TamilNadu, Kerala, Pondicherry and Lakshadweep. This involves organizing bulk data entry and integrating photograph, signature and finger prints at identified project sites by camp approach.