Friday, January 19, 2018

Philippines and World Bank delegates appreciate Haryana's Aadhaar related services

 A delegation comprising of members of Republic of Philippines and World Bank  on a two day visit to Haryana appreciated Haryana for the effective implementation of Aadhaar related services, de-duplication and savings to exchequer apart from benefits to citizens.
          The delegation was here to explore the possibilities of designing the Social Welfare programs.
          While the Philippines team was led by Dakila Carlo Cua, District Representative, Quirino Lone District, the World Bank team was led by Pablo Acosta, Senior Economist. They hoped that their experience would go a long way in trying to replicate similar initiatives in the Philippines based on a unique id.
         Mr Cua said that the Government of Philippines is in the process of defining design principles for their Social Welfare ID. He said that the delegation visited Haryana for the learning experience as the State is doing extremely well in the implementation of Aadhaar – the Unique ID Program and other Aadhaar related projects. Haryana ranks first in the country in Child Aadhaar coverage and AEBAS implementation. He said that they have learned many things from the state and expressed gratitude for showcasing the initiatives best utilizing the time.
          Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology (IT) Department,  Mr Devender Singh gave a presentation briefing the delegation on the guiding principles, compliance with security compliances, Direct Benefit Transfer and coverage of Aadhaar in the State. He informed the delegation about how the ID program has further improved accountability, transparency and efficiency in e-governance service delivery.
          Mr Devender Singh also emphasized the importance of id platform that is error-free and ensures direct delivery of services and benefits to the intended recipients. He said that the State Government has also been engaged in implementing mechanisms for monitoring and promotion of Digital Payments to achieve the goal of cashless or less cash economy.The State Government has won many prestigious awards for initiatives such as - integration of Pension with Aadhaar enabled Jeevan Pramaan Patra, Aadhaar enrolment of newly born child at the time of Birth registration, Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System and Haryana’s overall e-Governance initiatives Award, he added.
          The delegation along with officials of the State Government visited Fair Price Shop at Panchkula in order to understand the processes involved in the distribution of food commodities using the unique id. The team also visited other public dealing centers including the Tehsil Office and Civil Hospital at Panchkula to study the mechanisms for Aadhaar enrollment, linking of unique id, birth registration and other related services.
           The delegation also held meetings with key stakeholders of the State Government including Chief Secretary, Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology (IT) Mr Devender Singh and Managing Director, HARTRON and Director General-cum-Secretary, Electronics and Information Technology, Mr Vijayendra Singh and other senior dignitaries.

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