Enhancing Rural Development in Tamilnadu through ICT: An Evaluation of Latest Technologies in the scheme MGNREGS

International Journal of ComputerTrends and Technology (IJCTT)          
© 2014 by IJCTT Journal
Volume-7 Number-2                          
Year of Publication : 2014
Authors : S. Meenakshi , Dr. A. Murugan
DOI :  10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V7P134


      S. Meenakshi , Dr. A. Murugan. Article: Enhancing Rural Development in Tamilnadu through ICT: An Evaluation of Latest Technologies in the scheme MGNREGS. International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT) 7(2):119-127, January 2014. Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

      When e-governance indicates better governance, naturally, rural development becomes an essential part of it. It is so because developing countries like India depend on the villages and their welfare. Keeping this in mind, the government of India is launching many schemes towards the betterment of rural areas and their people. In this paper, we will see the outline on the major schemes of the government of India on rural development and how ICT is involved in them. In addition to this, the paper will focus on the rural development schemes in Tamil nadu in general and then in particular it tries to focus on the ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme’(MGNREGS) which is otherwise known as ‘100 Days Work Scheme’ in the rural areas of the state. ATM pilot project and Bio-metric based ICT solutions are the major contributions of ICT in the programme MGNREGS. ATM pilot project is being used in the distribution of wages to individual workers by using their finger-print authentication. Biometrics helps in capturing all the processes right from the registration, demand of work, issue of dated receipt, allocation of work and attendance at worksite with GPS co-ordinates, measurement of work and wage payments.

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Keywords- MGNREGS, ICT, E-governance, ATM, Biometrics etc.,