5 min read.Updated: 08 Jul 2015, 01:58 AM ISTHimanshu
Effective use of SECC to identify beneficiaries is not only crucial for effective delivery of subsidies but also for the quality and effectiveness of the data itself
Last week, preliminary tabulations of the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) were released by the government. This nationwide census of all households in the country was conducted in 2011 and 2012 but largely ignored by the media even though the data as well as details have been available online for the past three years. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) must be congratulated for not only taking ownership of the SECC but also publicizing it. Unlike the population census data, which too covered similar questions but remains confidential at the individual/household level, the SECC relies on transparency—based as it is on a public audit of the data in the gram sabha.
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