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OneWorld Foundation India’s (OWFI) innovation aims to leverage ICT in support of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA). It was piloted in 20 villages of Rajasthan in October 2009, in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of Rajasthan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). On 20 August 2010, owing to the programme’s success achieved in just nine months, the MoRD rolled out a national framework for MGNREGA ICT implementation based on the OneWorld model.
Four major components contribute to making the innovation a complete end-to-end ICT-enabled eco-system: one, a soochna seva kendra (info kiosk) housing text-to-voice enabled and touch screen computers with biometric access to work details, job enrolment, and accrued wages; two, biometric and GPS verified attendance tracking system for formulation of worksite muster roll; three, community radio for promoting Scheme awareness and encouraging critical dialogue; and four, a digital knowledge repository for sustainable knowledge exchange.
This study is largely based on field research conducted in the pilot district of Bhilwara, Rajasthan.