Twenty-five-year old Arshi sat proudly among some colourful junk jewellery, shoes and dresses, all of which are products of the gender resource centre she works with.
"Our centre is located in Chawri Bazar. Most women in our area are confined to their homes but this centre has given them a new way of living. With the help of government funding many of us have become financially independent," she said. Arshi works with one of the many self-help groups which is aided by the Delhi government that provide vocational training in stitching, nursing and beauty industry to women to make them employable.
Resident welfare associations (RWA), 14 non-governmental organisations and 45 departments of Delhi government are participating in the two-day annual Bhagidari Mela at Pragati Maidan.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday inaugurated the mela, which includes vibrant performances from folk artists, nukkad nataks and stalls of various government departments such as forest and environment department, education department, mission convergence, aapki rasoi, ladli, delhi jal board and disaster management among others.
Dikshit said the Bhagidari movement has become the largest programme of co-operation between the citizens and government. Through this initiative citizens give their feedback and views, which helps bring desired improvement and implementation in government policies and schemes with their feedback and co-operation.
At the Adhaar-Unique Identification (UID) stall Tara Chand Chauhan, who works as a system analyst for the project, was flooded with queries. "Most of the visitors want to know how it will help them and what are the documents that are needed to get an UID number. Some of them even requested us to make an ID for them!" said Chauhan.
Standing close to him was Geeta Devi (41), one of the visitors, who said, "I had a very vague idea about UID but now I know how one single ID will help me."
It is awareness such as this about the several projects and the status of their implementation that the government is seeking to spread through the mela. On Sunday, Dikshit will award the best RWAs, the best departments and best officers and best eco-clubs for their outstanding contribution.