October 29th, 2011
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UID-3Thiruvananthapuram: National Commission for protection of child rights has demanded inquiry/ investigation report on the establishment of  ‘Sampoorna’ software at schools across the state, from the Kerala State Education Department. This inquiry is sought based on a complaint submitted by Kamayani Bali Mahabal , Usha Ramanathan and Anivar A Aravind that claims that UID/ Sampoorna violates
the right to privacy and dignity of children in Kerala .

The Government of Kerala through its online school management software called “Sampoorna intends to distribute  unique identification (UID) number to each student that will help track their movements in educational institutions and academic records.

 

Full text of  letter given below

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILD RIGHTS
5th FLOOR, Chanderlok Buidling, Janpath, New Dehi – 110 001

Date: 24/10/2011

Secretary,
Education Department
Govt. of Kerala,
Sectt. Annexe
Thiruvananthapuram – 695001
Kerala

Subject: It is alleged that Coercive circular by the Kerala government to Public Education Department to deploy online school management software called “Sampoorna” in schools across the State will violate the right to privacy and dignity of children in Kerala.

Sir/Madam,

I am directed to say that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has been constituted under the provisions of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 for protection of child rights and other related matters. One of the
functions assigned to the Commission under Section 13 (1)(j) of CPCR Act is to inquire into complaints and suo motu cognizance in relation to deprivation and violation of child rights.

2. The Commission has received a complaint (a copy of the complaint is enclosed) dated 23/09/2011 from Kamayani Bali Mahabal , Usha Ramanathan and Anivar A Aravind . The gist of the complaint / allegation is as under

“It is alleged that Coercive circular by the Kerala government to Public Education Department to deploy online school management
software called “Sampoorna” in schools across the State will violate the right to privacy and dignity of children in Kerala . This scheme
will give unique identification number to each student and will help track their movements in educational institutions and academic
records. The complaints is self explanatory which may kindly be perused.”

3. After perusing the complaint, the Commission has taken cognizance of the matter and directed that the matter be referred to you for
investigation/inquiry and report to the Commission.

4. You are accordingly requested to get the matter investigated and take further necessary action. A factual report, along with authenticated copies of the relevant documents, be sent to the Commission within 15 days of issue of this letter. The Report should
indicate inter-alia the information on the following points :

Kindly look into the matter on priority basis and provide details with respect to how your department plan to safeguard the children’s right to privacy and dignity in the use of UID/ Sampoorna Software.

5. In case, any other Commission duly constituted under any law, has also taken up this matter with you or any other authority, a copy of their communication may also be furnished.

6. Please quote the number and date of this letter mentioned at the top while responding.

Encl: As above Yours faithfully,

(Lov Verma)

Member Secretary

Chairperson

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

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