Accenture to Enable Aadhaar ID System for Government of Punjab

Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:30am EDT

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Project helps eliminate duplication, drive cost savings 
NEW DELHI--(Business Wire)--
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has been awarded a 12-month contract for technology and
management consulting services to reengineer and implement the way beneficiary
programs are delivered in Punjab under the Aadhaar biometric identification
program. The contract will help the State Government of Punjab identify eligible
citizens and eliminate duplicate and incorrect records for the Department of
Food and Civil Supplies. 

The biometric-based service delivery model will provide the government with a
simplified process for targeting beneficiaries by ensuring accurate inclusion of
recipients, reducing the cost of service delivery by using direct,
government-to-citizens payments. This new system also will enhance program
accountability and create a way to trace service delivery. 

Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can
be used for automated recognition. Aadhaar is a 12- digit individual
identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on
behalf of the Government of India. 

"The delivery of government to citizen services and benefits efficiently will
pave the way in ensuring economic inclusion. Technology will aid the process and
create significant cost savings that can be used for other development
activities. We are honored to partner with the government in this important
initiative," said Nilaya Varma, managing director with Accenture's Health &
Public Service operating group in India. 

As the project manager, Accenture also will help the state increase citizen
awareness on the goals and objectives of Aadhaar, and support the government
with any required legal and policy changes. 

Accenture will leverage Accenture Digital Government Services to successfully
execute the contract. 

"Aadhaar provides a national unique identity to each resident that will be
portable, digital and verifiable online. Citizens will benefit from a simplified
process of establishing identity. Biometric based authentication will replace
the paper based verification/authentication being done for residents adding to
their convenience," said Parminder Singh, Nodal officer, Registrar UID Punjab
cum Joint Secretary Food & Supplies Department, Government of Punjab. 

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