Some 800 volunteers of Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, a nonprofit voluntary outfit, are currently going from door to door in two blocks of Balasore in Odisha. The villagelevel data they’re collecting in lawmaker RK Jena’s constituency is being entered into an app on tablets, which is then collated centrally.
These volunteers are collecting data on a wide range of subjects -schools,aanganwadi centres, health facilities, Panchayati Raj institutions, roads, transport, electrification and agriculture in the constituency of lawmaker RK Jena.
Information is being gathered by the volunteers on a wide range of subjects —schools, aanganwadi centres, health facilities, Panchayati Raj institutions, roads, transport, electrification and agriculture.
The data is being analysed by a not-for-profit development organisation, Swaniti Initiative, which will use tools that it has created to draft a development plan for the member of Parliament.
Jena is among the increasing number of political leaders employing big data and analytics to strengthen the decision-making process and improve governance at national, state and constituency levels. They include Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, lawmaker Jay Panda, Uttar Pradesh Chief ister Akhilesh Yadav and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu among others.