Abhinav Yadav

Abhinav Yadav, an engineer from BITS Pilani is working with Quality Council of India where he has spearheaded the first on-ground assessment of Swachh Bharat Mission (Swachh Survekshan 2016) for 75 cities across India. He understood the nuances and collaborated with experts to formulate the assessment tool based on inputs, outcomes, and citizen perception parameters. He led a team of 25 associates in office and 200 ground staff for the assessment. He used technology in a cost-effective manner to take feedback from the citizens. The team standardized the definition and declared 1000+ ULBs as ODF. In Swachh Survekshan 2017 Gramin, the same model was used with 650+ districts. He is now planning to leverage the model to Swachh Survekshan Urban across 4041 cities and towns.

Aparajith Raman

Aparajith Raman has served as Senior Manager (Operations) at Svasti Microfinance, where he helped 93 families to claim full payouts of their rightfully accrued insurance amounts by rectifying a discrepancy in Standard Operating Procedure. Presently, as a Partner at Dhriti, Aparajith dons many roles. Apart from handling backend operations and office administration, he is a Banking Correspondent Agent (BCA) for Bank of Baroda. As a BCA, he impacted over 1000-people during demonetisation. He would volunteer at the Bank till early afternoon and would withdraw cash to be disbursed in slums and outside ATMs. He also helped 300 migrant workers open zero-balance accounts and safely transfer money to their villages. He played a vital role in a project that trained 200+ auto drivers and small scale traders on how to use PayTM and BHIM apps. He is also currently working towards scaling up Vriddhi, a for-profit social enterprise that provides financial inclusion services and last mile connectivity for a variety of government schemes.

Dibyajyothi Gogoi

Dibyajyoti Gogoi, a graduate in Local Governance and Public Policy from Assam, is working as SBI YFI Fellow at Merpur (seen as a punishment posting by Government officials), a remote village in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district. The village has a literacy rate of only 17.09% (Census 2011) and the youth drop-out early from schools, undergo physical relationship at the age of 11-13 and heavily consume alcohol. He has established a Youth Resource Centre (YRC) for spreading awareness, involving youth in games and sports, remedial classes, computer classes, and stitching training for women. In a year, YRC has seen an increase in enrollment from 40 to 250, successfully trained 50 adolescent girls and women on stitching, of which 3 have started their own tailoring shops. Besides, 30 youth have also completed basic computer classes in the YRC, of which 2 are placed in e-Mitra centre of the city.

Gaurav Kumar

Gaurav Kumar, Haryana Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associate, who was actively involved in NGO activities from childhood started a magazine called Vigyan Drishti which boosted the participation of the students and general public in governance. He writes on society and development, democratic reforms and international relations in national newspapers and magazines viz. Yojana, Krukshetra, Dainik Jagran, Jansata, Nai Dunia etc. His pilot “Online Monitoring and Strengthening of Anganwadi Centres” helped in developing two model Anganwadi centres in every ICDS block and around 100 model Anganwadi centres with basic facilities, proper nutritional supplements, primary health and education, were set up.

Lakshmi Narsimha

Lakshmi Narasimharao Ikkurthi is a Software Engineer, previously working with Computer Science Corporation before he quit his job to turn into a full-time farmer. He founded Yazali ‘Najanmabhoomi’ Village Development Society with the aim of uplifting Yazali village in the areas of agriculture, rural development, public sanitation, education, women empowerment, health care, rural rehabilitation, and creating livelihoods and an old age home. As the Secretary to Yazali High School Old Students’ Association, he is working on improving the education and interests of students attending the School. He is working towards bringing the old village atmosphere back by building interest in agriculture among students and youth.

Narasimha Donthineni

Narasimha Donthineni, a student of IIM Rohtak and a graduate from CBIT Hyderabad, is fighting for the efficient functioning of Public Libraries in Hyderabad. He found that Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) had collected Rs.339.87 crores as Library Cess between 2006-2013, but remitted only Rs.38.1 crores. He filed a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) against the GHMC and the State government for non-remittance of the Library Cess. The State Government has filed a counter petition supporting him. He dreams of public libraries with digital facilities and study rooms. He co-founded and led YBI (Youth for Better India), successfully involving one lakh youth in the anti-corruption movement. He also worked for introduction of combination tickets in RTC Busses. He co-founded Swaniti, a policy club at IIM Rohtak.

Nitesh Bhardwaj

Nitesh Bhardwaj, a Mass Communications graduate is working as SBI Youth for India Fellow in Dhadgaon Tribal Area in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra to create communication-based skills and education for social awareness and livelihood for tribal population. He started a college newspaper named Jagruti, which covers views from students, teachers and it also prints art and poetry contributions of local enthusiasts. He has trained youth to make short videos, using their mobile phones, on the prevailing circumstances in their area, in their local language. They screen these movies using projectors in different villages to create social awareness. They have also created a YouTube channel named ‘Aadiwasi Janjagruti’ to showcase their movies. Video production team is getting recognized and they are asked to make short films on Forest and Agriculture. Short films on Sickle Cell, Swacch Bharat and Digital India are also under process. They are planning to make it a social start up.

Priyank Hirani

Priyank Hirani holds MS in Integrated Circuit Design from Imperial College London. He worked in Space Science in UK before returning to India in 2015 to join Young India Fellowship. With his eagerness to contribute to social impact space, he joined International Innovation Corps, University of Chicago in 2016. Since then he has worked with Andhra Pradesh Government in making Kovvur a model sanitation town. His Sampoorna Swachhta Sankalp (S3) Project Team worked through the entire Faecal Sludge Management value-chain empanelling septic tank operators, setting up treatment facility and changing behaviours to maintain Kovvur ODF. Continuing his engagement with AP Government, Priyank has been working with UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering. He is designing and implementing an innovative approach to monitor river water quality to enable data-driven decision making through real-time data visualizations. His team recently won the first prize at UNLEASH, event to address UN’s SDGs, for presenting a unique solution to deal with in-house water leakages.

Satwik Mishra

Satwik Mishra, a graduate from Vellore Institute of Technology, is working as Swaniti Initiative’s SPARC Associate to Member of Parliament (West Champaran, Bihar). He is working on establishing farmer’s cooperatives that can benefit 3000-5000 farming families at West Champaran Constituency. He is getting 12 digital schools established in rural residential girl’s schools of Champaran. He is also working with Pratham to improve learning/teaching standard of 9 government rural schools. He wants to start an enterprise which can bridge the gap between people and governance, along with a chain of digital libraries. At his previous engagement as SBI Youth for India Fellow, he created a digital science lab for 500+ tribal students at Mohuda Village (Berhampur, Odisha) where they can learn about various scientific equipment and instruments. He also created Audio-Visual computer study material with 400+ Videos and 50+ eBooks.

Sharang Shah

Sharang Shah represents Haqdarshak, a streamlined solution for utilization of Government Schemes. They maintain a database of all government and private schemes available for citizen and local governments matching with requirements they can sort the available schemes for someone. They are charging on par with CSCs and having 85 employees, 500+ trained Haqdarshaks and have reached 20,000 benefeciaries. They want to rollout their project through CSCs and also want to utilize social media like Google and Facebook to leverage existing Database.

Special Thanks To Jury

Dr. AK Srivastava,
Institute of Applied Statistics & Quality Management, Lucknow.

Mr. Manish Jindal,
Punjab Engineering College.

Ms. Vasudha Mishra,
Addl Secretary,
Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, New Delhi.