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Ensuring Entitlements to Poor

Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya, Rohit Magotra, K Sasikumar, Mansingh Durga Prasad Nayak

Poor governance and lack of monitoring mechanism leads to poor delivery of social welfare programme to poor populations across developing countries. Lack of infrstructure and corruption further compounds the problem, endangering livelihoods security of poorest people depending on welfare programme entitlements for survival. The paper details about Monitoring Entitlements for Rural Communities (MeRComs) mobile phone based monitoring system for social audit which allows tracking of delivery of entitlements to rural poor.

 

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Mobile Health Card How to Use Mobile Phones to Increase Rural Immunization Rates

Rahul Abhisek, Sneha Raman, Muzayun Mukhtar, Ekta Ohri, Saswati Saha-Mitra, Aditya Dev Sood

The rural health care system in India, along with many other complex social service institutions operating in India, needs better tracking tools to mark the identity of its beneficiaries. The current approach is paper-and-pen based, requiring extraordinary effort and time on the part of frontline healthcare workers and unnecessary duplication of effort. Two key surfaces are used to track the delivery of services to the beneficiary: the register (system copy) and the health card (user copy). The paper reviews the Routine Immunization (RI) card system and suggests several new directions that could employ mobile technologies to accomplish the existing functions of the RI Cards, while also improving immunization rates. The solutions proposed as well as there likely success are
discussed in greater detail in the paper.

 

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“Behtar Zindagi” – Empowering Rural Lives

Sudhanshu Jain

The paper presents a mobile Interactive Voice Response service (IVRS) system -‘Behtar Zindagi’, dedicatedly designed to empower the rural community of the country. This mobile service on regional voice delivers Information on improved Package of practices in Agriculture, Free Commodity Prices (Mandi rate), Weather Forecast & Agromet advisory, Advisory for Fisherman & management of Inland Fisheries, Information on managing Livestock, Advise on women & child Health, HIV & STDs and towards reducing mortality rate, Rural Finance & ongoing Govt. schemes, Education & Self employment options in rural sector.

 

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M4D Applications in Agriculture Some Developments and Perspectives in India

Kasina V. Rao, Rajendra M. Sonar

In this paper we are looking at Indian projects, which are targeted specific to farmers through their applications and services delivery through mobile phones by customised innovative business processes. These are looking at the basic core needs and demands of the end-users as the adoptable mServices which are affordable and create confidence on them. Some of the initiatives crossed to commercial stage and other are at field testing phase after piloting well. The applications used in their services are of short message service (sms), multi-media service (mms) and voice stream options. These are customised based on subjectivity such as literacy, usage pattern, social acceptance, domain specific and life-style of rural farmers in various states. These practices are nothing but innovative business models, which are adopted based on their per capita. Most of the initiatives are push-based method providing opportunity to fill the knowledge transfer to end users’ basic needs. The value added services concentrated on crop advisory issues, market intelligence, micro-finance for rural populations and finally local social networking at rural areas. But this paper look at, how effective are the projects which are specific to agriculture domain providing the information and knowledge services to enhance crop yields and improve productivity over a wide range of crops by taking effective decisions at right time by farmers under different agro climatic zones.

 

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SMS based Natural Language Interface for Locating Health

Rohit Banga, Akhil Langer, Ankush Mittal, Parikshit Sondhi

In this paper we present an implementation strategy for an automated system to address the problem of locating a health care provider. The solution that we propose is designed to strengthen and complement the weak health systems existing at the time of this writing. The motivation for solving this problem comes from the absence of an automated service to obtain the details of a doctor. To locate a doctor for a specific health condition, people
currently use ad hoc approaches. While this kind of information can be readily searched for using the Internet, this medium does not reach the masses. Also there are very few websites offering this service in India. In contrast, a common medium of communication that can be leveraged for this problem is the mobile phone which offers SMS as an inexpensive channel of sharing information. The challenge that we foresee in such a situation is the ability of the system to respond to natural language queries. We have developed a collection of techniques for addressing these problems. The design approach is guided by the expected usage of the system by a typical user in India and the use of a mobile phone.

 

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