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Modern Census to Identify the Deprived and Vulnerable: Technology and Institutions in Managing Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC)

 
N.K. Sahu (Editor)
Synopsis

Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) project aimed at gathering household and individual level data throughout India. It transcended the normal statistical process of data collection as is done world over in either census or sampling modes. As the objective of SECC is mainly to facilitate strict correspondence between the targeted government benefits and intended individuals and households, the privacy and secrecy concerns of survey units are put to public scrutiny, but with appropriate care given to those respondents who want to maintain their own privacy. Therefore, SECC had gone beyond a normal statistical exercise and encapsulated various dimensions of a complex socio-political process.

The book explains the way the SECC project was executed. Many lessons were learned while executing the project and, that was probably one of the valuable learning outcomes derived by its implementers. Written by a handful of SECC project key executioners, it compiles key features and challenges of the project and captures the contributions made by thousands of individuals and institutions. This volume would be a useful reading for students and practitioners of management, statistics, demography, public policy, administration, sociology, and social sciences.

Contents: Preface. Introduction. I. Census Operation: Background, Methods, Processes and Practices: 1. Socio-economic and Caste Census: Beneficiary Identification through Multidimensional Deprivations and Vulnerabilities in India— Capacity Building and Knowledge Management/Joseph Abraham. 2. SECC in Urban Areas/Sudhir Kumar Tewari and N.K. Sahu.3. Caste Data Collection in SECC/Purnendu K. Banerjee and Joseph Abraham. 4. Transparency, Accountability and Public Participation in SECC/Joseph Abraham. II. Project Management: 5. Stakeholders Galore/N.K. Sahu. 6. The Moving Target: Independent Monitoring of SECC by Third Party Agencies/N.K. Sahu. 7. A Step towards Gender Integration/Savita Kulkarni. III. Technology Support System: 8. Introduction of Tablet Personal Computer for Household Census in India/Santhi Sozhan and Tej Tarun Mahindra. 9. Software Development for SECC: The Challenge of Meeting Multiple Demands/Tej Tarun Mahindra. 10. National Population Register: SECC Data Merging Procedure and Consequences/Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee. 11. Database Management and MIS of SECC: Tango between Hardware and Software/Varindra Seth, Pramod Sharma and N.K. Sahu. Summary, Conclusions and Lessons/N.K. Sahu.

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About the author

N.K. Sahu

Naba Krushna Sahu (b. 1958), joined the Indian economics service in 1985. Since then he has worked as a professional economist in several ministries of the Government of India including Agriculture, Small and Rural Industries, Statistics and Programme Implementation and Tribal Affairs. Presently he is working as a Director in the Ministry of Rural Development. He has done masters degree in economics from Sambalpur University, Rural Social development from University of reading, UK and Mphil in regional development from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His PhD thesis is on’ Analysis of Forced Commerce in India Agriculture’ (unpublished). He loves to travel and interaction with people, specially the socially disadvantage. He also has keen interest in folk culture and indigenous knowledge systems. This is his first attempt to write a full book.

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Title Modern Census to Identify the Deprived and Vulnerable: Technology and Institutions in Managing Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC)
Author N.K. Sahu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.09.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789332704619
length 230p., Tables; Figs.