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    Assam to have Village Level Database

    An integrated village data is highly important, as today, data is the new resource and information is power

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

    The State Government’s Directorate of Economics and Statistics has initiated this project in technical association with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Two-day training for the district level officers was also conducted for this purpose.

    The transformation and development department principal secretary to the state government J B Ekka unveiled the web application developed for this purpose recently.

    Ekka stated that integrated village data is highly important, as today, data is the new resource and information is power.

    He said, “Policies are often not supported on the evidence of data; therefore, this survey would be viable for formulating various policies to work in the ground level. For policies to be effective, the government needs hard evidence especially data that is dynamic and which will help see the change and map interventions with greater clarity. Visibility with digitization is important due to its multiple layering in the map.”

    The department believed that creating a single platform for a holistic understanding of the infrastructure, assets and resources in the villages is vital for planning and implementation of developmental interventions.

    “The state government has a dearth of data, as availability of sufficient evidence-based data is inadequate in many departments. This comprehensive database will have multiple uses for strengthening existing resources, fulfilling gaps and meeting needs,” he added.

    The survey is believed to be immensely beneficial to 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.

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