Information as a weapon has a potential to transform lives. With this belief, Soochna Seva Kendra (Information Service Centers) is running digital inclusion activities in West Champaran, Bihar since 2014. The Soochna Seva team key objective is development via information dissemination and digital literacy.
The level of overall awareness in India is much better than ever before. People are accessing information about government schemes and initiatives through various digital and non-digital mediums. The schemes details are readily available in government sponsored booklets and online interfaces.
However, areas chosen under Soochna Seva project are extremely backward in terms of Health, Education, Social Security, Livelihood and Financial standards. The citizens residing in most parts of West Champaran are still untouched by any government aid and support. The existing healthcare and education infrastructure is in a grim state. The government officials laid back attitude and their nexus with anti-social elements having vested interest is amplifying corruption in such areas. As a result, many are still living in darkness deprived of their human rights.
To eradicate the rampant corruption culture and to bridge the information gap in rural India, SSK has opened up a Soochna Seva Bank. The bank will provide information and digital services to the last mile beneficiaries. The Yojana Bank launch event was attended by prominent members of the different panchayats, village, government offices and even some beneficiaries of Soochna Seva project. Towards the end of the program, a promise of becoming self-reliant and taking the onus of spreading the information knowledge in nearby villages was made by all the participants.