Haryana’s mammoth effort to provide every family an ID is intended to be a game-changer not in policy-making and governance delivery. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar spoke exclusively to Senior Editor Anilesh S. Mahajan explaining how Haryana is successfully implementing this initiative when similar ones states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have failed to take off. Excerpts
Q. How will the Parivar Pehchan Patra be a game-changer in policy-making?
An Indian citizen is identified with an Aadhaar card, a unique ID that helps deliver directly to individuals. Yet our society is not individual centric, it’s family centric. Hence a family identity card.
Q. Is it limited to beneficiaries of the state’s welfare schemes or is it universal?
It’s universal. We have 69 lakh families in Haryana, whose data is with different departments, either as PDS beneficiary, registration of property or some other benefit. The task is to bring synergy in data. We created a separate department, the Citizen Resource Information Department (CRID), to institutionalise it.
Q. How did you capture the data?
Initially, through self-declaration by the head of the family, with basic information like size of family, names, ages, assets owned and income. It was then verified by five-member teams. The data thus collected is fed at the Atal Sewa Kendra.
Q. Have you started linking government schemes with this family ID?
Yes, we have linked 456 services with PPP. The Mukhyamantri Parivar Samridhi Yojana, PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, PM Durghatana Suraksha Yojna, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, PM Laghu Vyapar Samman Nidhi and PM Shramjeevi Samman Nidhi, PM Fasal Beema Yojana are all linked to this ID.
Q. How will the ID help bring changes into people’s lives?
The database is helping us identify the bottom one lakh families in the state—income wise—and focus our resources to uplift them. Under the Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana, we help them find employment or assist them in setting up some micro enterprise, trade, or give them two buffaloes to start a dairy. We have identified seven departments in the government and given them the task to work out schemes and strategies to ensure a livelihood of at least Rs 1 lakh per annum for such families.
Q. Is family ID relevant for Centrally-sponsored schemes?
No. It is meant for state schemes or where it contributes on the behalf of citizen. We have identified over 100 such schemes, whether for assistance to girls for marriage or scholarships for school students. This data will keep changing.
Q. How do you identify a family unit?
A family by definition will be husband and wife, children and dependent parents. At present, we are identifying BPL families with an annual income of less than Rs 1.8 lakh; we will gradually factor in per capita income of families. For example, if a family has three members, per capita income will be Rs 60,000, but if it has six members, it will be Rs 30,000. Though we have not got into it at the moment, we will soon come up with a set of schemes where joint families will get more benefits.
Q. How will you protect the privacy of such data?
The data will not be at one location. We will have basic information and the rest of the data will be segregated. So, if the health department wants to use information, it will get access to only the health-related information.