Telangana govt creates citizen data tracking tool, raises privacy concerns
The ‘Samagra Vedika’, created in 2017, allows the State to verify or check citizen data from about 25 departments
The software was created before the Supreme Court in 2017 disallowed Aadhaar to be used for any such purpose
Hyderabad: In what may be a unique initiative to integrate and utilise entire datasets available, the Telangana government has managed to create its own software, which senior officials say is a “search tool", to identify citizen details for various government services. The project, ‘Samagra Vedika’, allows the state to seamlessly integrate and cross check citizen data among all its departments without relying on Aadhaar, especially with regard to welfare schemes.