Delhi plans family development index

New Delhi, Nov 3 (IANS) The Delhi government is working on a Family Development Index to measure how much its schemes help the intended beneficiaries.

‘The government is in the process of institutionalising the use of a dynamic Family Development Index, which measures the changes in a family and status on human development front,’ Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta told reporters at a press conference.

Mehta said the government also wants to rationalise over 40 schemes that are implemented by several departments and noted that they will be modified to 12 comprehensive programmes in a bid to effectively monitor their delivery mechanism.

He said the process is on for ‘complete rationalisation of all schemes based on a life cycle approach’.

The ‘Mission Convergence’ was launched by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Aug 14, 2008 to provide integrated social welfare services to the poor and needy people in the capital.

The government has so far opened 124 social welfare centres in parts of the city to provide services to intended beneficiaries.

The programme was awarded two gold medals by the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) last month.

Mehta also said that a survey was carried out to find out the number of beneficiaries, according to which there are 198,911 elderly people while 16,456 people who are suffering with debilitating illness. There are around 54,964 disabled, 47,763 widows and 2,276 children who run their houses.

‘All of them are under protection of the scheme,’ he added.

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