COLLECT: Community-led Local Entitlements and Claims Tracker

Key Findings

Since April 2020 the Government has initiated a series of policy announcements in terms of schemes and programmes related to food, livelihood and cash transfers, including special programmes for farmers and workers. There was clearly a need to revive the community-based systems that provide awareness to communities on the schemes and help them register and access; and strengthen the ground level accountability system which could make the local administration accountable for non-actions and malfunctions. It was against this backdrop that the COLLECT (Community-Led Local Entitlements & Claims Tracker) initiative was launched.

hamlets reported that there is an increase in the burden of loan and indebtedness

Even in Round 3, there were still 43% hamlets that did not have full coverage of immunisation of children. This is a dangerous situation considering the national commitment to the prevention of fatal diseases.

Only 26% hamlets in July-Sept and 23% hamlets in October-December reported that the health workers visited their hamlets regularly.

Not a single hamlet reported that ‘all children’ were able to access online education during the first round of data collection (April-June), while 71% reported that ‘none of the children’ in the hamlet were able to access online education during this round – a time when the only way of accessing any kind of education was online.

Our Sample

Hamlet-level: 14 states

Household-level: 17 states

Exclusively Household-level data


In an attempt to document the plight of vulnerable communities and workers, the COLLECT team gathered information from the most marginalised hamlets and households over nine months from 16 states across India. The data covers aspects of access to food, schemes and entitlements, government relief, healthcare, as well as livelihood. Data about the impact on children, nutrition and abuse has also been documented. Between April and December 2020, the COLLECT action research model generated information for 75 districts across the country on a quarterly basis, over three rounds. 

The dashboard below provides a theme-wise analysis of the COVID-19 impact in different hamlets (yellow buttons) and for workers (blue buttons). The data can be filtered as per identity or location by clicking on the check boxes in the left Filter Panel.