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New scheme: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launching ‘Samajik Suvidha Sangam’ at DDA Park, L.M. Bund near Geeta Colony in Delhi on Thursday.
New scheme: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit launching ‘Samajik Suvidha Sangam’ at DDA Park, L.M. Bund near Geeta Colony in Delhi on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Aims at providing social justice in the best coordinated way

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday launched an ambitious scheme of Mission Convergence or Samajik Suvidha Sangam at the office of the Deputy Commissioner (East) in Geeta Colony. The scheme seeks to 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.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the first Samajik Suvidha Kendra that would function as a single window service for implementation of 42 different schemes of nine Delhi Government departments involving an amount of Rs.650 crore per annum.

Ms. Dikshit said while earlier only economic parameters were taken into consideration for identification of beneficiaries of various social schemes, it has now been decided to take into account other aspects as well to allow people who are not under the Below Poverty Line but are still in dire need of welfare benefits.

At the function, attended by Finance Minister A.K. Walia and East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit among others, a large number of homeless persons were also presented with Suvidha cards by the Chief Minister. These cards contain all relevant information pertaining to the beneficiary, his or her family, and their entitlement in various schemes. Possessing bio-metric features, these cards are supposed to reduce the scope of corruption in the welfare schemes.

Ms. Dikshit also announced that the Delhi Government had undertaken an urban poor survey for the first time anywhere in the country. It would focus on slum dwellers and homeless people and persons in the un-organised sector, widows and destitute people.

To be completed over the next three months, the survey would see the involvement of 62 non-government organisations and 1,200 people.

Moreover, she said, to reach out to the most vulnerable and the weakest people in society, the Delhi Government would also open Samajik Suvidha Kendras in all the nine districts. The Chief Minister also released a booklet on Mission Convergence at the programme.

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