The system of appointing grama (village) volunteers to ensure better delivery of various benefits to the public under welfare schemes was launched in Andhra Pradesh.
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- This scheme involves the provision of one volunteer to cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards would be given to the volunteers and they would be given an honorarium of Rs. 5,000 per month. In towns, ward volunteers would be appointed.
- The volunteers would first identify the beneficiaries, get to know their problems and then delineate the schemes being provided by the government for them.
- The volunteers will be in the age group of 18 to 35 and the minimum qualification is SSC in tribal areas and Intermediate in other areas. The volunteers should be locals in the village.
- The volunteers, will conduct door-to-door visits and provide the benefits under various programs to eligible beneficiaries.
- The idea behind implementing the scheme is to infuse confidence among the people and to ensure basic facilities at their doorsteps.