I spoke to Aniket late last year and told him that I was keen on doing a hangout with him. Aniket has a hectic schedule which involves continuous travelling to supervise the operations of his 1-year-old venture. Haqdarshak has developed a mobile platform to help ordinary citizens discover and apply for various government and private schemes for which they are eligible.
In this Hangout I asked Aniket about how Haqdarshak works, some interesting stories from the field, his vision and learning he has gathered over last few years as a social changemaker and entrepreneur.
Some tidbits from Aniket:
In states like Rajasthan & Maharashtra, there are over 1500 schemes that are there on paper
It’s very difficult even for sometimes the govt officials at the block level or state level to know all the schemes that are there
This year the budget was 8.8 Lakh Crore for schemes that the Central govt has budgeted and in addition to this each state on an average budgets close to 1-1.5 Lakh Crores for their own schemes
We fill in the gap of telling the individual what are you eligible for under the constitution
Sometimes we have to follow a top-down approach so like in Rajasthan the CMO has been very very supportive. Chief Minister’s office has given us a letter which has eased the process a lot
We have a support team which will followup online and offline with the govt departments why has your application not processed
There is a major major gap in actually having that information knowledge for all kinds of services going to the citizens who are literally in villages
All these haqdarshaks are essentially entrepreneurs, so they are not on our rolls
Our haqdarshaks earn on an average between three and a half to six, seven thousand rupees per month using our platform
Get the person who is looking at social impact at the same time wanted to build something sustainable; that team was the biggest challenge
Keep focus on people you work with, the networks that you build cause eventually that’s going to be very very important when you want to start something of your own
By the end of this year Haqdarshak will be on Play Store, then you can download haqdarshak, screen anyone you want
Here’s the full Hangout: