If the idea is really applied on ground, it would make a significant difference to many lives
Welfare schemes make an integral part of any modern day democratic governance. In fact, for all third world countries it was the idea of welfare schemes that lifted up huge swathes of population from the depths of poverty and neglect. Had it not been for such schemes no marginalised and deprived sections would have availed the benefits of modern age. The role of these schemes has been central to the development and democratisation of our societies.
The idea of affirmative actions, the policy of reservations, and rolling out of different welfare schemes, targeted at different sections of our society, changed the very complexion of the society. It drew anew the economic landscape of a country like India. Though the nature and content of these welfare schemes are always subject to change, but one thing will always remain unchanged; the intended results of all such scheme are contingent on the effective implementation of these schemes.
Unless a scheme is effectively implemented, and its benefits reach the target population in the desired measure, the purpose of the scheme would never be served. So it is crucial to take stock of the ground level implementation of all such schemes, and assess their effects. In case there are some bottlenecks they need to be removed. In case the concerned officials are not performing their duties, they need to be taken to task. In case the ground staff is not up to the mark, they need to be disciplined.
And in case there are some gaps in the scheme itself, a regular review is required to find those gaps out. It is heartening to know that the J&K government has launched a 10-point campaign to ensure effective implementation of welfare schemes. Aimed at achieving quantifiable results within specific timelines, it is an effort to touch the lives of ordinary citizens at grassroots level.
If the idea is rally applied on ground, it would make a significant difference to the lives of a huge number of families. Just one thing needs to be reminded: the officers and the field staff who apparently distribute these benefits to the target population do no favour to them. The departments are only doing their professional duties, and for that the government pays them.