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Delhi’s poor to get welfare cash at doorstep

delhi Updated: Mar 14, 2010 01:11 IST
Jatin Anand

Come April 1, and the the Delhi government will begin restructuring the way assistance reaches those in need.

This is part of the Delhi government’s ‘Mission Convergence’ project, which has been dubbed a ‘revolutionary step’ by those associated with it. It is a pilot project that will identify and prepare a ‘master list of the poor’ through proxy indicators.

“On April 1, volunteers from Gender Resource Centre will start visiting households and prepare a database of people requiring financial assistance,” a senior official associated with the scheme, requesting anony-mity, told Hindustan Times.

Each household will be issued ‘smart’ biometric cards and allotted a bank account, into which funds will be transferred directly, eliminating middlemen.

“Twenty-seven schemes from departments such as the health, education and social welfare, among others, will be routed to beneficiaries through this project,” added the official.

“This is a complete process inversion, in that the governm-ent will now be reaching out the poor, instead of the other way around,” said Rashmi Singh, Director, Mission Convergence.

“This first step is to bring a sea change in the way financial assistance is given to the poor,” said Manoj Paridha, social welfare secretary.