The Identity project emerged as a result of our dissatisfaction at the nature of the debate that was emerging on the area of digital governance in India.
Over the past three years we have conducted numerous field visits in seven Indian states.These visits include numerous video-conversations, some short and others very long, with a diverse number of those who were involved with this entire process of participating in the emergence of a digital ecosystem of governance. These are interviews with people being enrolled into the Aadhaar programme, with district-level Panchayat and other officials, with numerous State government bureaucrats, with private enrollment representatives, representatives of various governmental services, with operators and other members of this digital workforce. Conversations are often long, spontaneous and deliberately unstructured: and the focus is mainly on a vérité style using amateur video.
Some key issues that we shortlisted for detailed inquiry were issues of migrants, both domestic and across international borders, homelessness in cities, and the financially excluded. Each of these areas was discussed in considerable detail at major public consultations held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore, in partnership with the CSDS, the Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, and the Urban Research and Policy Programme Initiative of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. All videos of all presentations made at these events are also available here.
CSCS also has an extensive text archives of material on the field as a whole, available on http://eprints.cscsarchives.org
Nur Jahan, District NIC, Kurnool (Video in English)
The district centres only implement the state services in the districts. The state government data is available with the Centre for Good Governance. The District NIC implements various packages that are sent from the Central government. Panchayat Raj Institutions software modules are implemented after being selected on a case wise module basis. There are two tier and three tier modules. All the applications are web-based services. They are run by Delhi servers. Only land based records servers are based in AP. Offline tool is used to enter data at GP level, every two weeks or so data is uploaded in the district offices. The video explains the softwares used from AP Technology services (APTS) programmes and the NIC as well as other packages.