Mrida Group conceptualised and implemented two Development Hubs (D-Hubs) as a part of project ‘Nayi Kiran’. The residents can access and benefit from a wide range of government programmes, schemes and incentives at these D-Hubs. These D-Hubs also provide additional services like banking, e-citizen services, online employment applications, photocopying, printing, passport-size photographs, e-citizen/e-Nagrik, birth/death certificates, Aadhar printing and enrolment, PAN Card & Electoral Services, Hotel Booking, Ticketing and Utility Payments and promote computer literacy.
These D-Hubs will act as a one-stop shop for obtaining government schemes, providing infrastructure for government departments to conduct training programmes for PAFs, and acting as a base camp for government officials to establish their base of operations for extending any support or schemes to PAFs. Given the nature of the operations covered by these D-Hub pilots, funding via viability gap funding will be made available. This could also be connected to THDC's ongoing CSR activities from a sustainability perspective.
The D-Hubs are branded, and subsequent marketing of the locations are being done to increase footfall to the locations in order to take advantage of the services. Team Mrida will brand the D-Hubs throughout the catchment as part of the project, with a special emphasis on the project-affected families.
These D-Hubs are providing basic services as enlisted, and the students are being enrolled for the program accordingly. As on September 2022, there were 67 enrollments in Mayapur D-Hub and 27 enrollments in D-Hub, Pipalkoti. These Development-Hub entrepreneurs are earning on an average 17,000.00 per month by providing enlisted services.
In view of the overwhelming response to the development-hub intervention in terms of skilling and additional income generation, 02 additional development-hubs will be installed in the Urgam and Saloor catchment areas in the upcoming month of October-2022.