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Source: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, referencing population data from the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, (accessed 31 Mar. 2011). In addition to inclusion errors, the coverage of the welfare and assistance programmes is extremely low. There are 121 social welfare and assistance schemes in Gujarat. Of them, 36 are available in Ahmedabad through either the district collector or the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. In the past few years, however, the benefits have been distributed through “welfare fairs” (garib kalyan melas). The chief minister of Gujarat, ostensibly to increase the efficiency of the state machinery but in reality to promote his image as a “developmentalist” or “welfarist” , hit upon the idea of the welfare fairs, or garib kalyan melas. In the fair, the welfare recipients are collected in one place and the welfare goods or assistance is distributed, based a prepared list. Some senior bureaucrats from the state government typically are present. Because state assembly elections are expected in 2012, the frequency of the fairs may increase.
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Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 41 Three fairs so far have been organized for the residents of ten wards of the south and north zones of the city where 70 per cent of the BPL households are located (calculated from table 21). The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation organized two such fairs in February 2010, while the district collector organized one as well that same month. A total of 4,439 beneficiaries were reached with welfare assistance totalling nearly 427 million rupees (table 22). The Dr Ambedkar Safai Kamadar Avas Yojana housing programme received the largest allocation, of nearly 415 million rupees. The state’s development plan makes no reference to the distribution of pension schemes or other large assistance programmes. Table 22: Welfare distribution through the garib kalyan melas (welfare fairs) by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (up to 20 February 2010) 1. Urban community development Sankat Mochan Cheque of 10 000 rupees 189 1.89 2. Ummeed Training certificate 730 2.56 3. Suvarn Jayanti Saheri Rojgar Yojana Approval letter 30 0.40 4. Solid waste management Dr. Ambedkar Safai Kamadar Avas Yojana House allotment letter 691 414.60 5. Municipal school board Spectacles distribution to children Spectacles 655 0.07 6. Scope Training certificate 120 0.16 7. Disable and health-related kit Kit 55 0.11 8 Vidya Laksmi bond 1 000 rupees bond 15 0.02 9 Integrated child development services Balika Sammruddhi 500 rupees worth fixed deposit 439 0.22 10 Family planning Dikari Yojana 6 000 rupees worth National Saving Certificates 17 0.09 11 Zone-wise related engineering department Nirmal Gujarat Shauchalay Yojana (West Zone) Approval letter 769 3.46 12 Nirmal Gujarat Shauchalay Yojana (South Zone) Approval letter 371 1.67 13 Nirmal Gujarat Shauchalay Yojana (North Zone) Approval letter 358 1.61 Total: 4 439 426.85 Source: Garib kalyan melas, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, (accessed 1 May 2011).
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