The buzz of the word Big Data is everywhere!
The use of Big Data is transforming the working of a variety of industries. Today, every big company or organization is using big data in their everyday business decisions. Big data is bringing about enormous changes in our everyday lives. If Big Data has become essential for all fields across all industries why should the government not use it to help them in the everyday governing procedures?
There are a variety of ways the government can use big data. Every country across the world faces some problems be it education, poverty, healthcare etc. The use of Big Data Analytics can help the government in the process of making public policies and helping them govern better. Correspondingly, the use of Big Data can help the government know the areas that they need to focus on such that they can provide their people with better opportunities!
Let us have a look at the sectors that can see massive transformations by the proper use of Big Data.
This is an issue that requires constant attention from the government. Across the world, majority of the healthcare systems rely on government subsidies and support. The government is required to allocate resources in such a way that they are used to their full potential. With Big Data the government can have a quick access to information about where the requirement of resources is more. Consequently, this can lead to better control of the resources. Moreover, they can also analyse the needs of the citizens which can help them make essential policy decisions.
This is a very vast field, especially in a country like India. Through Big Data Analytics governments can know the needs and requirements in agriculture. Moreover, Big Data provides with easier ways to track and maintain data regarding the vast expanse of agricultural lands, the different categories of cultivated crops, the livestock that exists etc. Analysing this data to provide with more effective policies can be done in a more efficient manner with the use of Big Data Analytics
This is one such thing that is widespread across the world. Poverty poses a great problem for governments of numerous countries. The government struggles to find ways to manage and reduce poverty. With Big Data Analytics it would be easier to pinpoint the areas that require more attention. Moreover, it can help government come up with more effective and innovative ideas.
These are just the most basic sectors that can be transformed by the use of big data. Even though Big Data cannot alone solve governance problems, it most certainly can move towards better governance. The government, if uses big data analytics it can transform all sectors big and small. This can be a definitive boost for the government to move towards digitalising governance.
Big Data in the form of Aadhar Card!
India, today is rapidly trying to move towards digitalizing it’s governance by using and analysing Big Data. The front runner in the creation and maintenance of Big Data in India is Aadhar Card!
Everybody in India has heard of Aadhar card. Moreover, more than 85% of Indians have an Aadhar Card to their name. This unique identification system is slowly making its way into various sectors and linking every aspect from finance to education of people. Creation of documents like election ID card, Pan Card, Passport have specific purposes behind them. Aadhar, however, is an identity card with no specific purpose behind it. But Aadhar has become more than just an ID card. With most of the government issued documents being linked to Aadhar it has become a card that gives you access to a number of government benefits. Moreover, this interlinking of documents with Aadhar provides the government with one structured database that provides access to all the other documentations, rather than going through a number of databases to access information.
Aadhar is becoming a great way for the government to have a one stop solution to easily access, refer to and analyse population databases when making important policy decisions for the country.
Let us have a look at how this complex interlinking of Aadhar is actually making the lives of Indian Citizens easier!
Getting a Passport
Individuals who wish to obtain a passport can apply for the same online by simply attaching their Aadhar Card as the only residence and identity proof along with their application. Within three days of submission, you will receive an appointment and the processing and dispatching of the passport will be complete within seven days. Police verification checks will then be scheduled for a later date.
Opening Bank Accounts
Aadhar Cards can come in handy when opening a bank account. The uses of Aadhar include KYC, identification and verification purposes. Financial institutions and banks consider Aadhar Cards as valid address and photo ID proofs during the time of opening a bank account.
Retired government officials too can avail the benefits of an Aadhar Card. The Aadhar Card numbers of pensioners will have to be registered with their respective departments so that timely pension payments can be received.
These are just a few of the benefits that the government is providing Aadhar card holders. The government is still undergoing this massive digitalization drive to bring the whole country into the fold of Aadhar. Having an Aadhar is beneficial for both the holders and the government.
This, in the recent past, is the biggest Big Data challenge that the Indian government has taken up. Aadhar still has a long way ahead of itself and it certainly has the capability to transform governance, all thanks to Big Data!