Survey at Teliwala : NSS Pragati Cell
A survey-cum-awareness programme was organized by Pragati Cell of NSS IIT Roorkee in a nearby village Teliwala, about 6 kilometres from the institute in the outskirts of Roorkee. It was conducted on October 13th, 2013 during the late morning time and involved the support of the first and second year students of the cell. The major objective of the programme was to walk door-to-door of the local families and enlighten them of the major schemes of the government, collect data of families eligible for these schemes and also to encourage them to send their children to the school undertaken by the cell. The cell is actively involved in providing free and quality education to the local children at the ‘New Sofia School’ in the core of the village. The schemes that were publicized were:
i. Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme
ii. Indira Gandhi National Disability Scheme
iii. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme
iv. National Family Benefit Scheme
Additionally, the villagers were also encouraged to open a post-office account that is required for the scheme beneficiaries as it is very affordable and likewise flexible. The families also requested for renewal of their Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards, which are prerequisites for entitling of the scheme benefits. The outcomes of the survey were a great success in itself; they collected the data of over 35 families that are eligible for the enlisted schemes. Now the group is trying to bring these families under the schemes through official paperwork. Through the survey, the cell has proved the real meaning of its entitled name, ‘PRAGATI’ literally meaning progress of the village, Teliwala in every aspect.