Mission Convergence, a flagship programme of the Delhi Government seeks to strike the right balance between various government departments, Community Based Organizations and the people by ringing in major reforms in governance for empowerment and upliftment of the vulnerable population of Delhi. Mission has re-engineered the process of service delivery through a unique Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP) to make the system more responsive to the citizens.
Mission Convergence was conceived as a programme to help the government realize its goals of poverty alleviation and inclusive growth. Mission Convergence aims to make Delhi a more inclusive city by integrating the existing social security schemes and delivering them through a unified structure in a decentralized manner with a parallel focus on empowering women through interventions in the areas of livelihood, health, non-formal education and legal literacy.
The need for such an initiative was felt because the Delhi Human Development Report 2006 pointed out the paradox of the city highlighting certain adverse development indicators. Though the lesser privileged section of the society were not really deprived in financial terms but they did not get access to the schemes run by the Government either due to lack of awareness or due to multiplicity at the administrative front. Against this backdrop Mission Convergence was born to correct this imbalance.
Today Mission is moving forward and has set many goals, one of the major tasks undertaken was to ensure the convergence of more than 40 social sector schemes spread across nine departments. Uniqueness of the Mission lies in its very evolutionary nature, a new methodology for identification of the vulnerable population was devised, convergence of administration at district level was carried out, rationalisation of schemes and services for the vulnerable population took place, a decentralised mechanism for service delivery was established all this using IT as the backbone of convergence.
Samajik Suvidha Sangam a state level body is registered as a society and is the implementing arm of Mission Convergence. This convergence model brought together the schemes of participating departments, namely, Health & Family Welfare, Food & Civil Supplies, SC/ST/OBC & Minorities Welfare, Social Welfare, Urban Development, Labour and Information Technology. Administrative procedures were simplified for availing the benefits and its implementation and effective service delivery was strengthened by the use of IT and partnership with civil society organisation.