Despite the best of intentions, crores of citizens are deprived of government schemes that can help them overcome poverty due to ignorance on how to access these benefits.
Despite the best of intentions, crores of citizens are deprived of government schemes that can help them overcome poverty due to ignorance on how to access these benefits. At the same time, a significant part of budget allocations for various public welfare schemes remains under-utilised. Currently, there is no solution that exists that has all welfare schemes from both central and state government at one place and more importantly, accessible to the ordinary citizen. A start-up called EasyGov is trying to solve this by providing easy and quick access to welfare schemes and services devised by the government. Built on the Aadhar stack, the cloud-based EasyGov entitlement engine, through the app, provides an interface for people to access easy-to-understand actionable information on government schemes and how to apply for these. The solution also automates the delivery of the available benefits.
“Most people are not even aware of their entitlements in government welfare schemes such as scholarship, social security, financial inclusion, grants and subsidy. Even if the entitlement is known, lack of clarity makes it difficult for individuals to apply for the government schemes or service. In addition, unclear processes and an overburdened bureaucracy also lead to poor utilisation of the budget for these welfare schemes,” says Amit Shukla, founder of EasyGov. EasyGov is backed by Social Alpha, an initiative of Tata Trust, Rajan Anandan and Nasscom 10K start-up incubation programme. Shukla is one of the 15 entrepreneurs selected under the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Milestone Maker India Programme.
Shukla says that it has already implemented a part of the solution and has served over 10,000-odd customers in the Delhi-NCR region.“The beta version of the complete IT solution is ready and 300-odd schemes have been implemented and tested successfully,” he says. EasyGov Entitlement Engine is a scalable engine that can be updated in almost real-time based on demand. “There are already 300-odd welfare schemes and 27 services available on the EasyGov app. Based on any state government, central government, grant givers requirements, the schemes can be uploaded immediately even in their own language,” he says. “We are in discussions with policy makers, governments, elected representatives of people, grant givers, donors and philanthropists to roll this out in totality and help the bottom of the pyramid communities.”
One more new service being offered by the company is eVasiyat. Today, wills are usually made by only those who have sizeable asset classes. It is a tedious process where one has to reach out to advocates which costs time and money. In contrast, anyone can make a will with eVasiyat, wherein using eSign and digital storage will-making becomes a hassle-free process. The service will also allow for easy updation of the will as and when required.