IT consulting firm Accenture today said it has bagged a 12-month contract for technology and management consulting services from the Punjab government. The deal size was not disclosed.
Accenture will re-engineer and implement the way beneficiary programs are delivered in Punjab under the Aadhaar biometric identification program,Accenture said in a statement.
The contract will help the Punjab government identify eligible citizens and eliminate duplicate and incorrect records for the Department of Food and Civil Supplies,it added.
The biometric-based service delivery model will also provide the government by ensuring accurate inclusion of recipients,reducing the cost of service delivery by using direct,government-to-citizens payments,it said. The new system also will enhance program accountability and create a way to trace service delivery,Accenture said.
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,” Accenture Managing Director (Health & Public Service operating group India) Nilaya Varma said.
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,the statement said.