Mercer | Mettl, an online assessment platform, also the assessment partner for PMGDisha (Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Shaksharta Abhiyaan) – central government’s largest digital skilling initiative- has facilitated the integration between the latter and CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work).
CoWIN is India’s COVID-19 vaccination app. This integration helps the Government of India (GoI) to touch upon a database of over 5 crore families and provide lifesaving COVID-19 vaccination doses to the country’s previously inaccessible population located in rural and semi-urban areas.
PMGDisha, operating under the ‘Digital India Program,’ is the government’s digital literacy scheme that focuses to digitally skill people at the grassroots, equipping them to efficiently handle daily activities on digital devices.
Since 2017, Mercer | Mettl had been facilitating the digital capabilities assessment of over 3.3 crore candidates registered under the Digital Literacy Program through its online assessment platform and remote proctoring technology.
Siddhartha Gupta, CEO, Mercer | Mettl, said, “Bolstering GoI’s digital public good initiative, we are committed to sharing our technology capabilities, expertise and resources to help the nation fight the pandemic. This two-pronged approach of offering world-class digital skilling initiatives and lifesaving vaccines will enable citizens at the grassroots to build digital capabilities. At the same time, it will provide them the opportunity to access real-time information about vaccination slots booking and availability.”
As part of the PMGDisha-CoWIN integration, Mercer | Mettl has aggregated the database of 5 crore Aadhaar-authenticated and registered candidates, which is now being utilized to deliver vaccinations to the last mile populace. In a first for a digital solutions provider in India, the latter has processed and verified these individuals’ 16-digit virtual Aadhaar numbers without storing data.
These registered candidates and their families can easily search for real-time slot availability, receive OTPs, book their vaccination dates, and know about their status on the PMGDisha portal.