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Accenture bags Aadhaar deal in Punjab

PTI  Mumbai, April 10, 2013
First Published: 18:58 IST(10/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:59 IST(10/4/2013)

Information technology (IT) consulting firm Accenture on Wednesday said it had bagged a 12-month contract for technology and management consulting services from the Punjab government. The deal size was not disclosed.

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Accenture will re-engineer and implement the way beneficiary programmes are delivered in Punjab under the Aadhaar biometric identification programme, Accenture said in a statement.

The contract will help the state 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 programme 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 (UIDAI) on behalf of the central government.

"The delivery of government-to-citizen services and benefits efficiently will pave the way for 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 will also help the state increase citizens' awareness on the goals and objectives of Aadhaar, and support the government with any required legal and policy changes, the statement said.


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