The welfare schemes of the government are indeed well planned to provide the basic developmental needs to society, especially to the socially and economically vulnerable and excluded segment of society. However, none of the welfare and social protection schemes are implemented in their true spirit and form. Often, service providers of these schemes tend to keep aside their share of the gains (resources) before providing them to the actual beneficiaries. As a result of poor implementation, these schemes are failing meet their objectives – supporting the poor and vulnerable to lead lives of dignity through provision of health care, good quality and free education, balanced nutrition, livelihood generation opportunities, etc. Addressing this aspect, the organisation engages in extensive awareness raising activities to provide and share knowledge on the various government schemes to the poor and weaker sections of society to enable them to access these schemes and benefit from them.
The Credence started its first awareness raising activity by sharing information and knowledge on various welfare schemes to people of 12 selected villages. It also formed new committees of youth of the area and provided comprehensive knowledge to them about various welfare schemes of the government.
Through the awareness raising activities, The Credence introduced in the community schemes such as Vridha Pension Yojana (Old Age Pension Scheme), Vidhwa Pension Yojana (Widow Pension Scheme), Ladli Yojana, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (National Health Insurance Scheme), etc.
It held several meetings in each village and motivated people to raise their voices against deep rooted corruption present in the implementation and delivery of these schemes. To achieve this objective, a village level committee with members from the same village was constituted who were trained by experts from outside and by organisation members as well. The trained committee members started working dedicatedly in the area. They sensitised the community about the benefits they could gain by access the different welfare. This activity witnessed particular success and the community was convinced to send their children to school (to avail of the provision universal primary education by government), to hold the school principals accountable for providing mid-day means in school to children everyday, to demand the eligible amount of grains (rice/wheat) under the Public Distribution Scheme, etc.
This success provides a ray of hope that improvement and change though hard to achieve are not impossible. With this optimistic outlook, The Credence believes and is working towards ensuring that one day all the welfare and social protection schemes will be implemented in villages and communities in their actual form and spirit for the sake of the people they are meant to benefit.