MNREGA E-Shakti Bihar

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/108
Project Category : eGov::Best Government to Citizens Initiative of the Year
Project Name : MNREGA E-Shakti Bihar

Details of Applicant :
Name : Vaibhav Joshi
Address : c/03, Fortune 2000, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East
City : Mumbai
State : Maharashtra
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 400051

Details of Project/Implementing Agency :
Name of Organisation : Glodyne Technoserve thorough its subsidary Smaarftech Limited
Address : A.G Place, 538 & 538-A , East Boring canal Road,Patna,
City : Patna
State : Bihar
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 800001
Name of the head of Organisation : Binod Mishra
Website :

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
MGNREGA) is an Indian job guarantee scheme, enacted by legislation on August 25, 2005. The scheme provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do public work-related unskilled manual work at the statutory minimum wage eShakti Project is covering 25 Million MNREGA beneficiary for the entire state of Bihar. Glodyne Has successfully completed the Patna District and has been issued FAT (Final Acceptance Test) for the same Project Details 1) Awareness & Sensitization of the Project 2) Biometric and Demographic data Collection of MGNREGA Beneficiaries 3) Distribution of personalized Smart card for Attendance & Banking 4) Onsite Biometric based Attendance system. 5) Supply of Handheld devices for attendance management and wage disbursement 6) E-muster Software to initiate and track all MNREGA projects till the time they successfully started and completed. 7) Wage Disbursement process via financial inclusion to all MNREGA beneficiaries.

Why was the project started :
The project was initiated to include ICT based MNREGA wage disbursement to the beneficiary and to eliminate any manual intervention in the process

Objective :
To achieve responsive governance, e Shakti Project objective is to streamline MGNREGS by decentralizing stakes from the state to community levels ensuring fast track execution and transparent and accountable management.
Target group : BPL population of adult who is willing to do unskilled labor job
Geographical reach : Entire state of Bihar
Date from which the project became operational : 2 February 2009
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1.  Deploy ICT for a population based social intervention
  2.  Institute a highly accessible system to help the community interface directly with the state.
  3.  Avail high end non corruptible and unique identity gateways (Smart Cards) to each individual rural adult.
  4.  Ensure complete Non Duplication of identity by incorporating Biometric details of beneficiaries into their identity gateways (Smart Card).
  5.  Install a comprehensive IT platform that enables real time, multi- stakeholder exchange across all MGNREGS implementation levels from the state directorate to District, Block, GP
  6.  Comprehensive real time integration of this employment regulation mechanism with appropriate banking systems to facilitate the FI mandate of RBI.
  7.  Undertake an intervention which facilitates direct and day- to- day exposure for the poor to high end information technology systems – a necessary demystification in settings like Bihar to popularize technology
  8.  Generate multi faceted MIS with real time accessibility by decision makers to facilitate state level planning.
  9.  Institute an automated system to bridge the gap between employment demand by communities and provisioning employment opportunity by the state
  10.  Establish a programmatic paradigm wherein institutional accountability for delivery (Rural employment, Banking) gets naturally fixed, and the community /beneficiary does not have to make any extra effort to claim his /her entitlement.

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1.  Close to 1 million polycarbonate smart cards each with 80 kb chip handed over directly to individual rural beneficiaries.
  2.  Demographic and Biometric Data of 5 million rural beneficiaries collected.
  3.  Central data center installed at state head quarter is up and running and with full time connectivity with all 534 Blocks in the state.
  4.  Comprehensive e Shakti software application module for a one-stop management of MGNREGS-from project creation to registering attendance of workers at project sites, measurement of project work, computation and disbursement of wages
  5.  An integrated grievance redressal mechanism with a full time 24×7 call center.

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative :

  1.  To undertake a green field project with the commitment to implement it on a population based scale in a low resource setting in Bihar Overcoming by ensuring that the young work force is constantly inspired to contribute at its best. By continuously encouraging community participation at various levels of program execution
  2.  Imperative of working in active partnership with government machinery i.e. only trying to catch up with progressive, modern ways and standards of professionalism. Overcoming by developing and nurturing credible voices and change agents within government system to serve as the projects spokespersons and stakeholders.
  3.  Heighten stakes of MGNERGS functionaries (right from the village to state levels) in partenering to implement e–Shakti project notwithstanding the fact that the same would make them increasingly more accountable in the process
  4.  To negotiate local power equations (borne out of entrenched socio-political dynamics in Bihar) in a manner to suit project execution needs at local and other levels has been a tactical challenge
  5.  Integration of diverse stakeholder nodes at various levels (like the government departments, banks, local functionaries, communities, etc.) into a programme framework optimized for time-bound delivery

List the 5 points how can the prgramme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1.  Ensure resource effectiveness of the project by especially showcasing the long term social benefits of investing in accountable and responsive systems of delivery
  2.  UIDAI of the government of India opted e-Shakti to provide the prestigious Proof of Concept for Aadhaar in India
  3.  The ITC platform including customized software applications and the various modules painstakingly developed for the project can be deployed to serve in any setting across the world… no extra development cost
  4.  The project has demonstrated viable integration with FI (Financial Inclusion). The latter being mandated by RBI to be mandatorily pursued by all banks in the country, would likely be ready-hand customers for the project model in other states of India
  5.  Having executed such a complex project in a challenging and low-resource setting like Bihar, other better endowed states would likely feel naturally confident of undertaking such a project with much ease.

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative :

  1.  With the available infrastructure created by the project (in terms of database, IT platform, on-site validation of beneficiaries, etc.), any scheme of the government that is meant for rural areas can be readily integrated onto e-Shakti
  2.  The fact that the government of Bihar and UIDAI has been keenly pursuing integrating UID’s Aadhaar with e-Shakti in the whole of the state is the most credible evidence of scalability of the project
  3.  MGNREGS is a national programme, and thus the project has ready relevance in all the states
  4.  Having executed such a complex project for a rural scheme like MGNREGS, the option to customize and unleash it to cater to any population based urban programme would likely be much readily achievable
  5.  With a nationalized bank of repute like the Central Bank of India having partnered with the project and demonstrated its ownership by administering its entire FI chapter in the state of Bihar through e-Shakti, more banking, financial and credit institutions would likely see instant merit
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