Kushal Yuva Program, Rooftop Solar Plant Scheme in Gujarat, Khelo India Yojana, Dakshina Scholarship Yojna in Maharashtra – these are schemes that the Central and State governments have introduced and implemented. Did you know about any of them?
If you are looking for any information regarding these schemes, and are looking to be a beneficiary of any of it, then an online portal called Govinfo.me is your answer.
We, at the Better India, spoke to Abhishek Dhote, one of the co-founders of this venture. He told us about how Govinfo.me came into existence and also about what all this portal can help with.
The credit of starting this portal goes to Yamini Dhote, who started curating information on various schemes just to understand what all existed.
Abhishek says, “It all started with a well-wisher telling us about the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana — a small deposit scheme for meeting the education and marriage expenses of a girl child. Having just had our child we found this to be an interesting scheme.”
Even after an extensive search online and a visit to the local post office, which happens to be the authorised centre for these schemes, the couple was left with incomplete information about the scheme.
“The government – both centre and state have thousands of schemes. Most of the problems that citizens face are addressed by these schemes. The problem, however, is the dissemination of information. No one knows about the existence of most of these schemes, and hence there are very few takers,” he says.
This portal was born in April 2016 in Amravati, Maharashtra.
Today this portal is the first port of call for anyone who is looking to find information about the various government schemes. It is an online repository of government information, which includes schemes, rules, policies, jobs, scholarships, and news pertaining to ministries and governments (both central and state).
How does it work?
With a team of three interns and the two founders, Govinfo.me was started. Over the last two years, they have researched and documented over 1000 schemes launched by the state and central government.
Information about each scheme is broken down as follows:
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1. A summary of the scheme
2. Eligible criteria
3. Documents required
4. Step by step application procedure
5. Highlights of the scheme
The portal attracts more than 10,00,000 visitors every month, and this number has been steadily increasing month on month.
“We get many queries regarding the purchase of properties, generation of birth certificates, and even information on scholarships,” he says.
“The infrastructure that this present government has built over the last few years is commendable. Having all these schemes online has reduced corrupt practices to a large extent. It has also eliminated the middlemen. The problem, however, is that people do not know about these schemes.”
Speaking about one case where the portal helped he says, “we had a student writing to us saying he had lost all his school certificates and had no idea how to go about re-applying for it. With the help of the information on the portal, he was able to re-apply and get his certificates in time as well.”
Another very significant case was of a cancer patient, who also happened to be the sole earning member of the family. With the assistance, he got from the portal he was able to receive monthly financial aid and also got treated under a scheme launched by the government of Maharashtra.
These are the stories that keep the team motivated, says Abhishek.
For more information about Govinfo.me do visit their website here.
(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)