City correspondent

GUWAHATI, Jan 25: All village resources will have a single integrated database in Assam soon. A project titled Creation of Village Level Database for Assam is under way covering all 25,372 revenue villages of the State.

Transformation and Development Department Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam Dr JB Ekka formally unveiled the web application developed for this purpose recently.

State Government’s Directorate of Economics and Statistics has initiated this project in technical association with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A two-day training for the district-level officers was also conducted for this purpose recently.

Dr Ekka said that integrated village data is highly important as data is the new resource and information is power. He stated that policies are however often not supported on evidence of data; therefore, this survey would be viable for formulating various policies to work in the ground level. For policies to be effective, government needs hard evidence, especially data which is dynamic and which will help see the change and map interventions with greater clarity. Visibility with digitisation is important due to its multiple layering in the map. He thanked the UNDP for the massive exercise and its collaboration with government in this state-of-the-art project.

Transformation and Development Department Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam Dr KK Nath stated that creating a single platform for understanding of the infrastructure, assets and resources in the villages is vital for planning and implementation of developmental interventions.

The comprehensive database will have multiple uses for strengthening existing resources, fulfilling gaps and meeting needs. He hoped that this survey will immensely benefit both the government and people of the respective villages and districts in the State.

The survey schedule is designed for collecting primary information and insights in all the villages in Assam, and it will also map the reach of major schemes and programmes as evidence-based data on key parameters and indicators.

Sectors covered in the survey include demography with status of poverty, water, electricity and LPG connection, sanitation and waste management, education, skill development and employment generation, health, social welfare, panchayat and rural development, public distribution system, agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, irrigation, tea and other plantation, handloom, textile and sericulture, animal husbandry, veterinary, fishery, markets, products manufactured in the village, transport and communication, telecom, e-governance, banking, postal, sports, library, recreational facilities, disaster management, tourism potential, historic importance and important iconic personalities belonging to the village.

UNDP Northeast Regional Head John Borgoyary said that the Survey Schedule has been designed keeping in mind the key indicators of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. AGIS-enabled software has been designed for capturing the data to be aggregated on a cloud-based server.