India is building its own database platform to consolidate public records from across the world’s second-most populous nation in a bid to modernize services.
The initiative will integrate police, court and criminal files, R.S. Sharma, secretary of the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, said in an interview. The government will also build its own platform for uniform payment, property registration and social assistance systems, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is revamping India’s communications infrastructure to transform the economy and create jobs in a country where 372 million people are below the age of 15. The database push comes as the government implements its $18 billion “Digital India” projectto provide high-speed Internet to rural villages, develop domestic electronics manufacturing and a consolidate government services online.