The Dept. of Statistics & Economics, Planning Dept. of Govt. of Maharashtra initiated this evaluation study with multi-pronged objectives including evaluation of physical and financial achievement of the schemes, identifying problems during its implementation, the scheme’s effectiveness and adequacy as well as evaluation of the impact of the scheme on village and semi-urban consumers. CRIS has sub-contracted the research work to BRIEF wherein primary research has been taken up by the field team in 494 villages across the state of Maharashtra, covering 2900 households and 100 government institutions. Apart from data collection, data validation, tabulation and analysis of tabulated data is being performed by BRIEF.