Nasscom awards: Technology for social good
Sudhanshu Tripathi, Finance Controller, MMA, UP, puts it thus: “For such programmes, the implementation is done by the gram panchayats. If we were collecting data manually, for it to reach from the grassroots level (school) to the apex level of authority (MMA) would take a month. What’s the point of ascertaining whether a child got to eat a month ago?” So, they devised a method wherein a virtual call would be placed to the school teachers after lunchtime everyday, and all that he or she has to do is to key in the number of students fed on that particular day. So, through these calls made to 1.5 lakh schools in the state, they are able to collect real-time data on an everyday basis.
Tripathi explains, “Since teachers have no involvement in the implementation of the scheme, talking to them entails independent verification of the work being done by the gram panchayats.
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