Special Correspondent

“Homeless, old people, disabled, single women among others constitute the ‘most vulnerable' section”

Survey carried out primarily in areas where there is 90 per cent concentration of the poor

It will help better serve people identified by schemes provided under Mission Convergence

NEW DELHI: A survey being done by Samajik Suvidha Sangam under Mission Convergence for identification of vulnerable and most vulnerable individuals and household here in the Capital has so far revealed the presence of 5.15 lakh such households and over 10.94 lakh such individuals in the city.

The Vulnerability Survey has been carried out primarily in areas where there is 90 per cent concentration of the poor. Around 758 vulnerable areas including slums, jhuggi-jhonpri colonies and F, G and H category colonies and 9.24 lakh households have been covered under it.

9 lakh households

Phase 3 of the survey is currently under way and is expected to be completed by May 30. It is estimated that on full coverage of the city, the presence of about 9 lakh vulnerable households would be established – comprising about a fourth of the city's total population.

These details were made available over the weekend in a presentation made during a meeting of Delhi MLAs chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to discuss the Mission Convergence programme and evolve a consensus on its functions and areas of operation.

During the presentation it was also mentioned that while the homeless, old people, disabled, single women, single unprotected children, households headed by women and children and people with debilitating illnesses constitute the “most vulnerable'' section, the working class comprising construction labour, rag-pickers, porters, daily wage labour, street vendors and hawkers, cycle-rickshaw drivers, casual domestic workers and workers in household industries and enterprises constitute the “vulnerable” section. The identification of these people and households would help in better delivery of the 41 social schemes being facilitated by Mission Convergence for them.

Suggestions invited

The Chief Minister exhorted the MLAs to submit their suggestions to strengthen the effectiveness of the programmes being implemented by Mission Convergence. She said this was essential as the working of district level operations is directly monitored by the area MLA under the District Entitlement Committee headed by him.

It was mentioned that Mission Convergence is a social development tool of the government to reach out to the poorest sections of Delhi and is being implemented by Samajik Suvidha Sangam, a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Government also informed that as against grant of old age pension worth Rs.310 crore to 2.5 lakh elderly during 2009-10, the scheme has been extended to cover 3.5 lakh aged persons in 2010-11 and for this an amount of Rs.420 crore has been earmarked.