INTRODUCTION

Andhra Pradesh Smart Pulse Survey is a massive survey of all households, aimed to capture the required socio-economic data directly in digital form, with online validations. The field surveyors can enter the data by accessing the relevant portal through a connected tablet so that the data validations happen online and the scope for mistakes is minimized and the consolidation and analysis of data can be completed within 2 weeks of the completion of field survey.

The objectives of the proposed Smart Pulse Survey are summarized below:

  • Completing the seeding of Aadhaar in the databases of identified developmental
  • Ensuring the correctness of the data already seeded with Aadhaar;
  • Ensuring that the demographic data of any person is identical in the SRDH
  • Eliminating duplicate records;
  • Deleting the records of persons who have expired;
  • Creating a self-consistent set of records in the form of AP State Socio-Economic and Welfare departments;database and the departmental database;Database (AP SEDB).

The basic purpose of the Policy is to create the People Hub as a Single Source of Truth. This can't be achieved unless all the relevant databases mentioned earlier are made to converge and interoperate seamlessly, within a short period of time to ensure synchronization of the various datasets. The Smart Pulse Survey precisely attempts to do this.

Against the above background, the Smart Pulse Survey can be defined as a coordinated and synchronized effort at creation, integration and convergence of the multiple databases relating to socio-economic data of the people with the SRDH database. Government of Andhra Pradesh has adopted Aadhaar as one of the most important datasets to be used in the implementation of the development and welfare programs. The following facts bear this out:

  • Aadhaar enrolment by UIDAI has crossed 98% of the residents of the State.
  • A Policy titled "Policy on Unique Identification of Residents of AP" (hereinafter called the Policy) has been approved by the Cabinet and notified in G O Ms 16ITE&C Department dated 29/07/2015. While the policy gives pivotal importance to Aadhaar, it specifies thatno person shall be deprived of any service for want of Aadhaar number in case he/she is otherwise eligible or entitled, as per the prescribed criteria.
  • Due to the drive taken up during the last one year, the seeding of Aadhaar in the databases of various departments has increased to 80-95%.
  • Aadhaar has been successfully used in various programs like the Social Welfare Pensions, Scholarships, Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Debt Relief to farmers.
  • ITE&C Department is in the process of implementing a comprehensive application, conforming to global standards, to create the People Hub, so as to ensure the purity, integrity, reliability, security, privacy and availability of the people database.
  • The AP State Enterprise Architecture, named "e-Pragati", designed by the ITE&C Department, gives a pivotal place to Aadhaar-based identification of persons.

The policy mentioned in (b) above as well as the e-Pragati Architecture mentioned in (f) above, enjoin creation of the People Hub as a Single Source of Truth of core data on the residents of the State, by undertaking a Smart Pulse Survey.

Andhra Pradesh has already created a State Resident Datahub (SRDH) in association with the UIDAI. The SRDH mirrors the Aadhaar data relating to AP from the Data Repository of UIDAI in Bangalore/ Manesar. The data is updated at a defined periodicity. The Basic Data on any resident that Aadhaar has, contains the fields Unique Aadhaar Number, Name, C/o Name, Date of Birth or Year of Birth, Gender, Address, Postal PIN code, Photo, Biometric data (10 fingerprints + Iris). While UIDAI has shared the demographic data elements with SRDH, the biometric data is available for a case-to-case online bio-metric authentication.