Table 1

Type of social entitlements accessed in the programme and key stakeholders approached

Type of social entitlementDefinitionKey stakeholders involved
Ration card
  • Allows an individual or a family living below the poverty line to access certain essential commodities like rice, sugar and kerosene at subsidised prices

  • Used as a proof of identity

  • In some cases makes the card holder eligible to obtain other benefits such as membership in a state-sponsored health insurance scheme and cooking gas at a reduced price

District/local-level government officials
Voter identity card
  • Provides evidence of an individual's civic identity

  • Gives a person the right to vote in elections

  • Essential for accessing many benefits from government programmes

District/local-level government officials
Bank accountAllows independent savings and independent access to savingsBank managers, guarantors
Free education for childrenAllows children of school-going age to access free education servicesDistrict/local-level government officials, staff of local schools
Health insurance
  • A state-sponsored community health insurance scheme for BLP families (Rajiv Aarogyasri)

  • Entitles card holders to access medical services from corporate hospitals

District/local-level government officials
House site pattas (certificates)Poor houseless persons are given government wasteland for housingDistrict/local-level government officials