Government of India initiated project to carry out Socio Economic Survey to
prepare the list of Below Poverty Line families in the country. Commissioner of
Rural Development, Government of Gujarat decided to use latest technology tools
to achieve maximum accuracy and transparency. Department has decided to scan
all the survey forms to maintain records. It was also decided that instead of
making data entry manually, scan forms should be converted to build up the
database of all surveyed families. On the request of Commissioner, Rural
Development, National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated,New Delhi has
arranged demonstration of various scanning solutions by private vendor.
Initially it was decided to use this technology on pilot basis to seven taluka.
Accordingly form was designed to capture survey data at village level.
District-Taluka and Village coding scheme was prepared by NIC. Series of
training programs were arranged by department to explain surveyor about the
filling up the forms to have maximum accuracy. Various parameters were also
coded to have minimum errors while filling up the forms. About 2.5 Lacks family
data was captured by scanning of forms and data was converted using Intelligent
Character Recognition technology.