Imagine this: Sasikant, a painter in Jatni, Odisha, completing a vibrant street mural. He picks up his phone, receiving a notification of his week’s wages, credited directly to his bank account. In the heart of Odisha, a story of transformation unfolds, centered around Sasikant.
A reality which was unheard of a few months before, is now possible, due to MUKTASoft, built on eGov Foundation’s, DIGIT platform.
His life, a microcosm of the larger societal shift, has been dramatically altered by the Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (MUKTA) and Smart Payments system, a clear reflection of the collective action brought about by the partnership of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) of Odisha and eGov Foundation.
Under the leadership of the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri. Naveen Patnaik, MUKTA aims to achieve the objective of providing sustainable livelihood opportunities to the urban poor, women workforce, informal and migrant labourers.
A reimagined payment cycle
An early sign of promise from the pilot phase of MUKTASoft in Odisha is the dramatic reduction in the average time for wage disbursement. Previously, the process could take over two months, but with the implementation of MUKTASoft, this time has been cut down to less than two weeks. This significant improvement not only enhances operational efficiency but also boosts worker satisfaction by ensuring timely payment for their services.
The successful operationalization of MUKTASoft in Odisha has been primarily marked by the integration of the Just-In-Time Funding System, which significantly streamlined the wage disbursement process. This system incorporates crucial solutions such as Smart Payments and Smart Contracting, which serves as the backbone of the product.
Smart Payments facilitate seamless transactions for verified beneficiaries using Smart Contracting feature that automates project execution and verification. It ensures efficient project management and expedites payments, directly integrating with the state’s treasury system.
The introduction of MUKTASoft marked a significant shift by reducing wage processing times in its initial rollout in Dhenkanal and Jatni ULBs, not just showcasing its operational efficiency but also bringing about major reforms in the payment process for thousands of workers.
Digital empowerment in action: Sasikant’s new reality with MUKTASoft
Kindling the entrepreneurial spirit of Jatni
Chandrakanti, leader of a female SHG under MUKTA
The significant improvement in payment processing has not just been a logistical victory but a transformative experience for thousands of workers like Sasikant. Timely wages mean timely access to life’s necessities, educational opportunities for children and a stride toward financial security and dignity.
This story also includes a powerful tale of empowerment, demonstrated by Chandrakanti, who leads a Women’s Self Help Group in Jatni. Her journey with MUKTASoft has been one from being overwhelmed with manual processes to one being streamlined, and enabling efficient management. The digital transition is not merely about convenience; it represents empowerment, turning women like Chandrakanti into entrepreneurs and community leaders.
The expanding horizon of MUKTASoft
The impact of MUKTASoft has been far-reaching. Beyond direct beneficiaries, it has infused a sense of ownership and pride among local government officials and community leaders. The technology ensures accessibility and ease of use, which are the key factors in the program’s widespread acceptance and success.
In this new era, Odisha is not just reimagining the framework of payments and employment; it is redefining the very relationship between government and citizens, technology and welfare, and efficiency and empathy. Every worker like Sasikant and every leader like Chandrakanti is part of this journey, painting a picture of a state where technology is a trusted ally, driving everyone towards a future filled with opportunities and hope.
MUKTA Cell team in Odisha
The women of Jatni embrace MUKTASoft