The survey

    Prior to the commencement of the program a two phase survey, one of the largest of its kind, was conducted in Delhi in August 2008, to develop a database of the urban poor who would be entitled to the social schemes generated by the Government of Delhi.

    It began with a base line sample survey that was conducted in district South under the supervision of the DRC. 4,200 forms were filled by 21 GRCs and field visits were conducted by the DRC for the monitoring of the WASH survey.

    45 GRCs and NGOs were involved in conducting the actual survey. CFAR, as the District Coordination Unit (DCU) for the South and South-West districts, supervised and monitored the survey process, assisted in data management and as data entry centre for the two districts. It also supervised 13 GRCs:  8 in South Delhi and 5 in South-west Delhi.

    Under the first phase survey in South and South West Delhi, 2008-09,  1,44,620 households were covered with a population of 6,82,073 in 268 settlements.

    The second phase of the survey of Samajik Suvidha Sangam was initiated in March 2009 where CFAR played a key role in administering the survey schedule in North East Delhi. The main objective of the survey was to cover the vulnerable families in the community and help them to get pension schemes and financial assistance schemes such as widow pension, old age pension, TB treatment, handicapped and other financial assistance schemes through the single window system. In June 2009, CFAR completed a survey of 10,001 households in the 2nd phase. In second phase of the survey, 51 slum settlements in South and South West Delhi were covered.

    The GRC in North East Delhi covered 26 settlements, with 10,151 households with an approximate population size of 50,000. The survey carried out in the South district served as baseline evidence and became a tracking tool.

    Of the 1, 55,320 households covered in the two phases of the survey, 15 GRCs in the district reached out to 99,099 households during July 2009 – March 2010.

    6,116 application forms were filled for various schemes. Of them 4,543 application forms were received at the DRC and forwarded to the department. 1,914 application forms were sanctioned by the department and 218 beneficiaries received the actual benefits of the schemes.

    In the words of Mr. Rakesh Mehta, the pioneer of Mission Convergence in Delhi, the Mission was initiated to serve the “entitlement holders” rather than enrolling “beneficiaries” for the various welfare schemes. Facilitating the process In December 2008, CFAR set up a District Resource Centre (DRC) to oversee the implementation of this ambitious project in South District in alignment with the District Commissioner’s office. CFAR’s role was to ensure that the government-community convergence was facilitated and outreach with the community was supported. Consequent to this, in 2009 a Gender Resource Centre (GRC) was set up in North East Delhi to link poor households and the DRC with CFAR reporting to the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA), the Mother NGO for the District. Alongside, monthly meetings to strengthen the District Convergence Forum and 11 District Convergence Forum meetings were held by the District Commissioner conducted in 2009; thereby ensuring that the program received timely guidance, support, direction and command. These Forums functioned like a programme review mechanism and served as a platform to strengthen dialogue and exchange between the government, the community and civil society structures. “The Gender Resource Centre-Suvidha Kendras set up by the Samajik Suvidha Sangam across Delhi, is a unique model that combines social assistance and social protection measures with community development. Today a network of 100 centres have been set up to provide services to the community with focus on women,” according to Ms. Rashmi Singh, Former Mission Director. The survey Prior to the commencement of the program a two phase survey, one of the largest of its kind, was conducted in Delhi in August 2008, to develop a database of the urban poor who would be entitled to the social schemes generated by the Government of Delhi. It began with a base line sample survey that was conducted in district South under the supervision of the DRC. 4,200 forms were filled by 21 GRCs and field visits were conducted by the DRC for the monitoring of the WASH survey. 45 GRCs and NGOs were involved in conducting the actual survey. CFAR, as the District Coordination Unit (DCU) for the South and South-West districts, supervised and monitored the survey process, assisted in data management and as data entry centre for the two districts. It also supervised 13 GRCs:  8 in South Delhi and 5 in South-west Delhi. Under the first phase survey in South and South West Delhi, 2008-09,  1,44,620 households were covered with a population of 6,82,073 in 268 settlements. The second phase of the survey of Samajik Suvidha Sangam was initiated in March 2009 where CFAR played a key role in administering the survey schedule in North East Delhi. The main objective of the survey was to cover the vulnerable families in the community and help them to get pension schemes and financial assistance schemes such as widow pension, old age pension, TB treatment, handicapped and other financial assistance schemes through the single window system. In June 2009, CFAR completed a survey of 10,001 households in the 2nd phase. In second phase of the survey, 51 slum settlements in South and South West Delhi were covered. The GRC in North East Delhi covered 26 settlements, with 10,151 households with an approximate population size of 50,000. The survey carried out in the South district served as baseline evidence and became a tracking tool.

    Of the 1, 55,320 households covered in the two phases of the survey, 15 GRCs in the district reached out to 99,099 households during July 2009 – March 2010.

    6,116 application forms were filled for various schemes. Of them 4,543 application forms were received at the DRC and forwarded to the department. 1,914 application forms were sanctioned by the department and 218 beneficiaries received the actual benefits of the schemes.

    In the words of Mr. Rakesh Mehta, the pioneer of Mission Convergence in Delhi, the Mission was initiated to serve the “entitlement holders” rather than enrolling “beneficiaries” for the various welfare schemes. Facilitating the process In December 2008, CFAR set up a District Resource Centre (DRC) to oversee the implementation of this ambitious project in South District in alignment with the District Commissioner’s office. CFAR’s role was to ensure that the government-community convergence was facilitated and outreach with the community was supported. Consequent to this, in 2009 a Gender Resource Centre (GRC) was set up in North East Delhi to link poor households and the DRC with CFAR reporting to the Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies (SOSVA), the Mother NGO for the District. Alongside, monthly meetings to strengthen the District Convergence Forum and 11 District Convergence Forum meetings were held by the District Commissioner conducted in 2009; thereby ensuring that the program received timely guidance, support, direction and command. These Forums functioned like a programme review mechanism and served as a platform to strengthen dialogue and exchange between the government, the community and civil society structures. “The Gender Resource Centre-Suvidha Kendras set up by the Samajik Suvidha Sangam across Delhi, is a unique model that combines social assistance and social protection measures with community development. Today a network of 100 centres have been set up to provide services to the community with focus on women,” according to Ms. Rashmi Singh, Former Mission Director.

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