Mr. Saleem Khan


Saaras Impact Foundation


New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh


The Government of India spends a lot of money on over 400 welfare schemes/ policies to benefit disadvantaged communities. However, they have not achieved the desired impact due to lack of awareness, poor use of technology, and corruption.


The Vision of Saaras Foundation, “Empowering the lives of disadvantaged communities by increasing their access to welfare policies” focuses on addressing information poverty by acting as a facilitator supporting sustainable access to policies in a fair manner. Currently, the organization is working on the Right to Education and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Scheme in Uttar Pradesh. RTE – 6 lakh potential seats but fill rate is less than 10%. PMMVY(Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana) – In India, every third woman is undernourished and every second woman is anemic. An undernourished mother almost inevitably gives birth to a low birth weight baby. More than 68% of total under-five deaths in the U.P. are related to malnutrition. The urban areas are facing more challenges to get access to schemes/policies related to it. Beneficiaries are supported via the help of technology to provide 360-degree support viz. information dissemination, grievance redressal, besides filing applications with the support of trained community volunteers, which makes the process self-sustainable and the community self-reliant.

Scalability and Impact:

The organization is working with Economical Weaker Section and Disadvantage groups of people. In the last 4 years, Saaras has made 75,239 citizens aware of their rights and supported 20,150 citizens to gain the access to their much-needed benefits. The organization is directly working in three districts of Uttar Pradesh – Lucknow, Kanpur, and Ambedkar Nagar. The organization has a presence in 6 more districts with the support of partner organizations and community champions.

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