Single window system for poor to get welfare services

August 14th, 2008 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The Delhi government Thursday launched a single window service for the under-privileged and the poor so that they can receive welfare services without any problems. The scheme, Mission Convergence (Samajik Suvidha Sangam), was launched by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a function organised in east Delhi’s Geeta Colony.

The first Samajik Suvidha Kendra (SSK), which would function as ’single window service’ for implementation of 42 different schemes of nine departments involving an outlay of Rs.6.5 billion per year was inaugurated.

“Mission Convergence would provide social justice in the best coordinated way to ensure that the under-privileged and the poor regularly receive welfare services for both sustainable growth and eradication of poverty,” said Dikshit.

She described it as an extension of Bhagidari movement, which would help in reaching out to the people for which a survey is being conducted to identify most vulnerable persons.

Delhi Finance Minister A.K. Walia, MP Sandeep Dikshit, a number of lawmakers, Member of Planning Commission Syeda Hameed, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and members of several RWAs were present on the occasion.

Suvidha cards were also given to a large number of homeless persons at the function.

“The card would have bio-metric features and therefore reduce the scope of corruption in the scheme. Above all, a deserving person will not have to run from pillar to post to obtain his or her entitlement,” said a government spokesperson.

She said that the Delhi government is also undertaking a survey of the urban poor for the first time anywhere in the country.

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