Mahal soft is an amalgam of mahal and software. In other words, it brings the benefits of modern technology to the way mahal is being administered. It addresses the two problems above mentioned: improper way of data management and improvement in communication and information sharing. In cases of manual feeding and obsolete computational practices, the venture aims to introduce a near perfect software to list individuals and families in the data bank, sort them according to their various capabilities-as agents of benefits or as beneficiaries. At another level, it aims to bring out apps for personal computers and mobile devices with which each individuals can be informed of schemes, policies, scholarships, opportunities, newsfeed, disbursement of all welfare funds etc. Mahal Soft is venture of Threes Seas, a technological initiative started in 2010 with the aim of ameliorating the collective operations of the community. Ever since it was started it has focused exclusively on developing the software. Mahal soft was architected after a long and strenuous research which included gathering data from different mahals all across Kerala and consulting personalities from different walks of life such as doctors, engineers, social activists, experts in the Sachar panel.
The State Resource centre, Kerala is an autonomous organisation funded by the National Literacy Mission, under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Elementary Education & Literacy, Govt. of India and administered by the General Education Department, Govt. of Kerala. The State Resource centre, Kerala (SRC, Kerala) was established in 1978, with the ultimate objective of providing academic and technical resource support to all the agencies in the state engaged in Adult and continuing Education programmes.
A decisive factor in the collective life of Muslims in India is mahal meaning, literally, 'locality' and, in effect, a local governing body associated with a masjid. It plays, and is capable of playing, many significant roles as far as Muslims are concerned. It gives them religious identity by enlisting them among the community of believers in a specific locality as well as running and maintaining a masjid, a pivot of all believers. Without their being aware of it, it performs their rites of passage by running a madrasa under the local masjid and, therewith, giving education in religion. It serves as a mediator with the government in registering their birth, marriage, membership as a separate family unit, and death. As for collective religious practices like Friday prayer, zakat, obligatory sacrifices, nuptial rites, funeral rites etc, and for settlement of disputes like martial discords, divorces and for charitable courses like supporting a bereaved family, allocating fund for education and self-employment, mahal is indispensable for all believers in the community.
One of the main problems in the current mahal structure is the obsolete way of collecting data bank. Many scholars have pointed out that the religiously mandated institution of zakat has become virtually defunct because it does not reach beneficiaries owing to the obsolescence of the mahal databank. Also, improper way of communicating schemes and policies to individuals have led to stagnation. But these problems had existed in all aspects of social life prior to the innovation in information technologies and social media. Syncing mahal administration to the technology is the most important solution to these problems. Hence, the proposed mahal soft.
India has a welfare-oriented socio-economic paradigm. That is, for amelioration and uplift of all communities in the country the state brings out schemes and policies. Since Muslims in India constitute a significant minority, the government has constitutionally bound to assess its socio-economic status and introduce policies and schemes to improve it. For example, during the tenure of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, a committee was formed under Justice Rajindar Sachar to study the status of backward communities in India and table proposals to significantly better it. As for Muslims in India, the Commission found the data it collected as showing significant lacuna in the socio-economic indicators and suggested various proposals for governmental interventions. Many ensuing policies and schemes under the central and state administrations all over the country are being guided by the proposals of the committee. The formation of minority welfare ministry is a remarkable step in that direction. The ministry has introduced various schemes, scholarships and proposals for individual members to benefit from. Also, some well-intentioned business groups in the community have, as part of corporate social responsibility and as motivated by the principle of generous offering encapsulated in the dictum of sadaqa, introduced alternative schemes and scholarships for the uplift of the community.
In the larger welfare of individuals in the community, the ball can be said to be now in the court of mahals. They have a heavy responsibility on their shoulders: identifying benefits and identifying beneficiaries. But there must be soul-searching about the capabilities of mahals in that respect and about state-of-the-art ways to better it.
We have left no stone unturned when it comes to the field of security. The entire data fed to the server is secured using Data masking technology, which is the latest in cutting edge security proto- col. The advantage of data masking over its primitive protocols is that even if we hand over the entire data to a third party he can never access the correct information without the verification code or access key. The data will always be retrieved in a jumbled or incorrect manner. The data will make zero sense to any and all users without the security verification code. None of the registered user's private data can be manipulated or otherwise used for any personal gain. The data base sends any and all beneficiary information directly from the server. There will be no sort of editing or altering of data unless it is for updating process with the consent of the members.