TCS Facilitates AP Employment Guarantee Scheme

by CXOtoday Staff    Apr 25, 2006

The web-enabled Information and Communication Technology solution developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), for the Andhra Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee System (under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act), will go live in over 658 mandals across 13 districts in the state.

The solution was formally launched by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S.R. Reddy at a function held at the CMC campus at Gachibowli. This makes Andhra Pradesh the first state to implement an automated solution for the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The scheme is an effort to execute the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), a requirement for every State Government. According to the provisions of the Act, every rural household is guaranteed a minimum of 100 days of wage employment every year.

S. Ramadorai, CEO & MD, TCS said, “Andhra Pradesh has had a rich tradition of leveraging technology for the benefit of its citizens and Tata Consultancy Services has collaborated with state agencies to create this automated solution to implement the rural employment guarantee scheme efficiently.”

Ramadorai adds, “We are pleased to have played a critical role in implementing the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Andhra Pradesh that could be a benchmark for future national deployment.”

The end-to-end ICT solution, developed by TCS will help in simplifying activities like issue of job cards to rural households, identification of work to be undertaken, generation of work estimates, work execution and wage payment.

Using the solution, time taken to generate work estimates has reduced from 15-20 days to minutes. The software is the result of an extensive field study across several districts conducted by TCS in close collaboration with the AP’s department of rural development, involving interviews with various stakeholders in the chain.

The solution builds in transparent wage payment structures through agencies like banks and post offices, bringing in accountability and minimizing opportunities for misuse of funds.

Irrespective of location, beneficiaries can browse information about villages, work status and wage payments. By making data available for public scrutiny, the Web version facilitates social auditing of the NREGA implementation, under the Right to Information Act.