Government of India has decided that in select schemes including the TPDS, the database has to be digitized in standardized core formats developed by Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY).
It has been also decided that Aadhaar numbers for each individual shall be entered along with other data. While UIDAI and NPR have been asked to complete Aadhaar enrolment for the entire population by June 2015, State Governments / UT Administrations should complete the above mentioned exercise for the existing Aadhaar numbers by December 2014. As and when the remaining Aadhaar numbers are generated, the same may be included in the digitized ration card database
In Kerala the entire stakeholder information up to ration card is in a Unicode database in Malayalam in a database developed by NIC, Kerala State Unit called the RCMS (Ration card management system). Presently the entire RCMS is being reworked for renewal of the ration card with issue of pre-populated forms and simultaneous inorganic seeding of AADHAR alongside enabling online data updation. This process is coupled with priority population validation by a ranking mechanism of poverty shall be concluded with a comprehensive social audit in Panchayats and Municipalities. This data base would be reworked and thereafter the
same shall be ported/ migrated to SIMS in a time bound manner of 3 months. Details like Aadhar Number, photograph, Residence Number, Bank details, Mobile Number, Electricity/Water/Gas consumer numbers, etc. have been collected through pre-populated forms generated from the existing RCMS database for the citizens of Kerala through the 9832 photo camps setup by the Department for adding these details to the RCMS. Out of the total
number of 82,60,619 Ration cards in the entire state 80,85,070 photos were taken during the Ration Card Renewal Process and data entry has been completed in 79,13,072 through the 125 data entry camps conducted in the entire state. Mobile photo camps were established for those who were not able to attend these photo camps.