Brief Introduction Of Social Welfare Department
Prosperity of a nation remains unaccomplished until the Social Security is provided to her weaker sections, the poor and the destitute to share the opportunities of progress freedom and equality. The concept of a welfare state pre-supposes careful planning and effective implementation of welfare services for the underprivileged class of the community and such other services to women, children, physically &, mentally challenged, destitute, orphans, aged, infirm and the social deviants like children in need of care and protection.
The Social Welfare Department since it came into existence is endeavoring to achieve its basic objectives of social and economic uplift of the citizens by providing the facilities to ensure the protection of social and economic rights and development of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Minority and Down Trodden Communities, Weaker and exploited Sections of Society, Physically Handicapped, Destitute Children and Women.
The district Rajouri with an area of 2.52 lac hectares comprised of seven Tehsils, eight Blocks and four Assembly Constituencies and as per Census 2011(projection), the population of the district is 619266 persons, ranks 7th largest populated District in the state, 9th in literacy with literacy rate of 68.54%. the decadal growth rate is(2001-2011) is 28.14% just 4.43% above the state average with the sex ratio dropped over the decade to 863 from 878 in 2001 and falls below the state average of 883(females/1000 males). The population density is 235.
At present the Department is implementing various schemes such as ISSS, IGNOAP, IGNWPS, IGNDPS, NFBS, CSSS, AABY, and SCA to TSP, Rehabilitation of Victims of Militancy (RC and NFCH), Pre and Post Matric Scholarships. Besides, the department is running one Nari Niketan, four Bal Ashrams, two Cottage Industry Centres, and seven Social Welfare Centers in the District. A brief account of these schemes is provided in this booklet.
The Department of Social Welfare is running various Schemes/ Programmes for the Welfare of the people belonging to various underprivileged and weaker sections of society such as destitute, old aged citizens, widows, handicapped, children and women, victims of militancy and SC, ST, OBC PAHARI, Minority etc. in the District. The objectives of these schemes are social and economic up-lift of these categories.
The following schemes are presently taken up by the Department for the welfare of people of the District under Plan, Non Plan, State Plan and centrally sponsored scheme. The scheme wise detail is as under:-
(A). UNDER DISTRICT PLAN SCHEME:
The detail of each sector is as under:-
(1).Welfare of SC and OBC:-
(a). Pre-Matric Scholarship to SC and OBC.
Under the scheme, Pre-Matric Scholarship is being granted to SC and OBC students reading from 1st Primary to 10th class at the following rates, whose parents / guardians monthly income does not exceed to Rs. 2100/- PM. There is no income bar for SC Students.
(A) At Primary Level (1st-5th).
1. Boys @ Rs. 450/- PA 1st to 5th
2. Girls @ Rs.675/- PA 1st to 5th
(B) At Middle Level (6th-8th).
1. Boys @ Rs. 900/- PA.
2. Girls @ Rs.1350/- PA
(C) At High Level. (9th-10th).
1. Boys @ Rs.1350/PA /Student.
2. Girls @ Rs. 1800/PA /Students
(b). Re-Imbursement of Exam Fee to SC/OBC.
The Examination Fees is being reimbursed to the students belonging to SC and OBC Categories deposited for appearing in the Matriculation Examination to board of School Education Jammu who’s parents /guardians monthly income does not exceed to Rs. 2100/- and there is no income bar for SC Category Students.
(c). Stipend to ITI Trainees to SC/OBC.
The Stipend to ITI trainees belonging to SC and OBC is being granted @ Rs.100 per month for each trainee.
(d). Educational Up-lift Of Sweepers.
Under the scheme Pre-Matric scholarship is being granted to the students of sweepers / scavengers community reading from 1st Primary to 10th class as per rates with pre- Matric scholarship to OBC whose parent’s monthly income does not exceed to Rs. 2100/-month.
(e). Subsidy on tools and Kits to SC and OBC.
Under this scheme, kits are being provided to Ex-trainees of the SC and OBC categories whose parents Monthly Income does not exceed to Rs. 2100 per month.
(2) . Expansion in Social Welfare Centers .
One Social Welfare Centre is functional at Tehsil Thana Mandi, District Rajouri with intake capacity of 25 trainees. The trainees are being imparted in the trade of cutting, tailoring, Embroidery and Croshia work etc. The Trainees are being granted Stipend @ Rs 100 per month per trainee.
(B). INTEGRATED SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME (ISSS)
Under the scheme, the Financial Assistance to following categories of persons is being provided by department @ Rs 200/- and 400/- PM under the scheme.
A. Old man above 60 year/Old Women above 55 year @ Rs 200/- PM
B. Widow/Divorcee/Women in Distress @ Rs 200/- PM
C. Handicapped of all age group @ Rs 400/-PM
Under the scheme a total of 17269 persons have been covered.
(C). NATIONAL SOCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMMER (NSAP)
The Nation Social Assistance Programmer in which the financial assistance is provided to poor people falling below the poverty line (BPL).The Scheme has following four components viz.
(1) . Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme: -(IGNOAPS)
Under the scheme, a financial assistance of Rs.400 per month per Beneficiary is provided to the old persons of 65 years of age are above, belonging to BPL. Under the scheme a total of 10919 persons have been covered.
(2). National family Benefit Scheme (NFBS):
Under the schemes, a financial assistance at the rate of Rs 10000 (Ten thousand) is being provided to the family in case of death of primary bread winner/earner of the family, living below poverty line (BPL).
(3). Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS).
Under this scheme, a financial assistance at the rate of Rs 400 per month per head is provided to the widows above the age of 40 years belonging below the poverty line (BPL) family. This scheme is launched w.e.f. 01-01-2010. Under the scheme a total of 275 persons have been covered.
(4). Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS)
Under this scheme, a financial assistance at the rate of Rs 400 per month per head is provided to physically Handicapped Persons above the age of 18 years belonging below the poverty line (BPL) family. This scheme is launched w.e.f. 01-01-2010. Under the scheme a total of 150 persons have been covered.
(D). POST MATRIC SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are provided to SC, ST, OBC, Physically Handicapped, Pahari and Minority Community Students from 11th to P.G. and professional courses. The income bar from all the sources under each category is as under:-
ST/SC Rs 1.08 Lacs/Annum
Physically Handicapped Rs 0.645 Lacs /Annum
Phari Speaking Rs 1.08 Lacs /Annum
Minority Community Rs 2.00 Lacs /Annum.
(E). ESTABLISHMENT OF BAL ASHRAM
The department is running four Bal Ashrams located one each at Manjakote, Sunderbani, Nowshera and Budhal for orphans, poor and destitute children with intake capacity of 160 inmates. The department is providing free of cost boarding, lodging, diet, bedding, clothing and schooling facilities to the inmates.
(F). HOME FOR DESTITUTE
The department is running one Nari Niketan for Orphans, poor, destitute, deserted woman and children in the district, located at Tehsil Rajouri with an intake capacity of 30 inmates. The department is providing free of cost boarding, lodging, diet, bedding, clothing and schooling facilities to the inmates.
(G). TRAINING PROGRAMMES.
(1).Social Welfare Centers:-
The department is imparting Training in cutting, tailoring, Knitting, embroidery and Croshia work to the unemployed women between the age group of 15 to 35 years for a period of one year to enable them for self employment and skill development. Each trainee is provided with stipend of Rs 100 PM. Seven Social Welfare Centers are running in the District, one under District Plan and Seven under Non-Plan with intake capacity of 25 trainees in each Social Welfare Center.
(2).Cottage Industry Centre:- The department is running two Cottage Industry Centers (CIC) in the district with intake capacity of 25 trainees located at Tehsil Rajouri and tehsil Thana Mandi for imparting training in carpentary trade for a period of one year to enable them for self employment. Each trainee is provided with stipend of Rs 100/- PM.
(H). CONTRIBUTORY SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEME (CSSS).
The Department has launched a new Scheme for marginal workers. Under this Schemes Rs 100 per Month is to be deposit by the beneficiary in the Recurring Plus Account in the J&K Bank only and an equal amount is to be deposit by the department in the account of the beneficiary for a period of 10 years. After completion of 10 years the beneficiary can opt for pension scheme or can withdraw the amount along with interest. 600 beneficiaries have been covered/ registered under this scheme so far.
(I). REHABILITATION OF MILITANCY VICTIMS.
The department is providing financial assistance to the Victims of Militancy civilian as well as the orphans of the killed militants sponsored by the Rehabilitation Council, Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt. of Jammu And Kashmir and the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), Ministry Of Home Affairs; Govt. of India. The Rehabilitation Council is providing financial assistance in the form of pension at rate of Rs. 750 per month to the widows, senior citizens(OAP), Physically challenged persons, orphans and widows of killed militants (without Discrimination) and marriage assistance lump sum at the rate of Rs. 10,000 (ten thousand) to young widows and grown up daughters for their rehabilitation.
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH) is providing scholarship at the rate of Rs. 1000per month up to class 12th, Rs. 1250 for doing Graduation/ Post Graduation and Rs. 1500 for Professional Courses till they attain age of 25 years.
(J).SPECIAL CENTRAL ASSISTANCE TO TRIBAL SUB PLAN (SCA to TSP).
Under this scheme, the department of social welfare is providing training to educated unemployed youth of tribal community in computer, plumber and electrician trade through Govt. or Govt. recognized institutions for self employment and augmentation of their income.
District Social Welfare Officer