Facilitating and strengthening public scheme information dissemination and citizen entitlements since 2014
The Soochna Seva project is a joint initiative of DEF & the European Union. The objectives are to aggregate information on all kinds of central and state government schemes and entitlements, and improve access to this information for people and communities living in backward districts of India. The project involves setting up 1,200 public scheme information delivery and access points (Panchayat Soochna Seva Kendras) for final gains in entitlements in five identified backward districts — in six key areas of education, health, livelihood, employment, financial inclusion and social security. Apart from setting up the 1,200 public scheme information delivery and access points (Panchayat Soochna Seva Kendras), it includes a ‘Soochna Vahan’ (Information Van)” that disseminates information about public schemes on-the-go.
The prime objective of the project is to address the larger issues of poverty, social exclusion and inequity among marginalised groups through information empowerment on public schemes towards entitlement gains and, thereby, promote and strengthen good governance practices by the local administration. This will lead to improved access to public scheme information in complete life cycle (information access and gains in government entitlements) in identified areas.Read more about the project on www.soochnaseva.org
- 91,066 people reached out with information and awareness about government schemes
- 76,997 helped avail benefits under various government schemes and entitlements