A few weeks ago I traveled to 2 villages in the Dungarpur district of Rajasthan. I had gone there as a part of my documentary project #economyforall to interact first hand with people in these villages to understand how they benefit from government welfare schemes.
Haqdarshak is a social enterprise that helps facilitate the reach of government welfare schemes to last mile households. They have deployed a team of trained Haqdarshaks who reach out to rural households and educate them about their rights under various schemes. For this short film, I tagged along one of the operations coordinators who took me to multiple rural households around Dungarpur. My objective was to interact first hand with these beneficiaries, know their stories and capture their voices.
I firmly believe that to build an equitable and a less unequal society it is crucially important for its citizens at the lowest rung to get access to basic facilities and services. The Directive Principles of State Policy, enshrined in Part IV of the Indian Constitution reflects that India is a welfare state. This means the state has responsibility of taking care of its citizens. This objective can only be achieved if various welfare schemes created by different state entities reach the ones who really need them.
This film translated as ‘my right’ in English is thus an effort towards understanding how implementation of schemes pans out on the ground.
Watch the film here: