Creator:

Prashanth N S, Tanya Seshadri

Organisation and country:

Institute of Public Health Bangalore, India

Description:

This data visualisation shows the extent of coverage of people below poverty line in one of India's landmark social protection scheme called "Rashtriya Swsthya Bima Yojana" (in English, National Health Insurance Scheme). The visualisation shows how the various Indian states improved the coverage of their poorest population under the scheme.

The scheme targets national level policymakers and hopes to convince them on the need for better local adaptation and contextualisation of the scheme to suit particular needs of people in a very diverse country like India. Local differences in governance and several cultural factors at district level (there are 600-odd districts in India!) determine some of these differences.

This data visualisation is also special because there is very little "public data culture" in most government departments in India and hence the data used in this visualisation had to be based on data obtained under India's freedom of information legislation called Right to Information Act. Over time, along with several other inputs from later research publications the RSBY scheme is in the process of being improved for better state and district level adaptation/contextualisation.

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