Improving State Capability: Learning from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Experiences in Frontline Service Delivery On Going

Duration: November 2021 to May 2022

Status: On-Going

Funder/ Partner: The World Bank Group

Effective delivery of government financed public goods is often constrained by last mile implementation challenges due to various factors including weak capacity and lack of accountability of service providers at various levels, including at the district and sub-district levels. The objective of this study is to analyze the factors that impede or facilitate service delivery chain with a focus on human resource issues, such as block and panchayat level staff and their capacity. For the purpose of this study, service delivery platforms of two state governments (Bhamashah in Rajasthan and Samagra in Madhya Pradesh) have been identified as initiatives that have used technology to improve service delivery at the last mile.

While the focus of this study will be on last mile service delivery, it will also address challenges along the delivery chain, namely capacity of administrative units at the state and district levels, lack of coordination within and across departments and sectors, institutional weaknesses for managing human resources, funds and data, among others. The study will focus on identifying schemes using the Bhamashah and Samagra platforms and undertake a formative assessment of end-to-end service delivery process. It will examine the need for reforms in the delivery chain of these schemes, in order to reap greater performance/effectiveness from frontline staff and ICT innovations. It will also document lessons from Rajasthan’s and Madhya Pradesh’s experience of using Bhamashah and Samagra service delivery platforms which could serve as an example for the other states interested in setting up similar systems.

Project Contact: Archana Purohit