Punjab State Social Welfare Board (PSSWB)

A Brief Introduction

To assist the Voluntary Organizations, the Government of India set up the Central Social Welfare Board, (CSWB) New Delhi on 12th August 1953. Punjab State Social Welfare Board (PSSWB), Chandigarh was set up in October 1954 by State Govt. in consultation with Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi with an object to develop welfare programmes for the women, children and handicapped through the network of voluntary organizations working in the state of Punjab. The Board provides financial assistance to the voluntary organizations under various schemes provided by Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi and State Govt. in order to facilitate and strengthen their role in empowering women through education and training, through collective mobilization and awareness creation.

Composition of the State Board

The Punjab State Social Welfare Board is constituted by State Govt. with the concurrence of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi as per the provision of the rules governing composition and functioning of the State Social Welfare Boards. The present position of the reconstitution of the State Board is as follows:

Chairperson

The Chairperson of the Punjab State Social Welfare Board is appointed by State Govt. in consultation with Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi. At present, Smt. Varinder Kaur Thandi is holding the charge of Chairperson of the Board w.e.f. 01.12.2014.

A State Board Chairperson shall hold the office for two consecutive terms, each of 03 years duration. The tenure of Chairperson is fixed for three years.

State Board Members (Non-Official members)

The State Board members are nominated as Central Social Welfare Board and Punjab Government nominees in the ratio of 50: 50.

At Present, 05 State Board Members as Punjab Government nominees has been appointed by Punjab Government after receipt of concurrence from Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi vide Government of Punjab, Department of Social Security and Women & Child Development (Social Security Branch), Notification No.5/19/2000/6SS/2SS/540675 dated 17.07.2015. The 05 members as Central Social Welfare Board are yet to be appointed. However, the details of present members are given below:

  1. Ms. Neelam Choudhary, Kothe Bhim Sain, Dinanagar, District Gurdaspur
  2. Ms. Rajwinder Kaur Raju D/o S. Kewal Singh Lally, Village Nangal Shama, PO Ladewali, District Jalandhar
  3. Ms. Shashi Narang, 130, Guru Hargobind Nagar, Phagwara, District Kapurthala
  4. Ms. Gurminderpal Kaur Dhillon, House No. 19740, Ajit Road, Gali No. 10-A, Bhatinda
  5. Sh. Rajinder Kumar, E-38, Uttam Vihar Colony, Abohar, District Fazilka

Official Members

  1. Director, Social Security Women & Child Development, Punjab
  2. Director, Department of Industries, Punjab
  3. Director, Health Services, Punjab
  4. Deputy Director, Women Programme, Department of Rural Development & Panchayats, Punjab
  5. Secretary, Punjab State Social Welfare Board, Chandigarh: Member Secretary

At Present, following Programmes/Schemes are being implementing through registered voluntary Organizations/NGOs and ICDS Blocks in the state.

Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) Programmes

  1. Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Programme for the Children of Working Mothers (Creche)
  2. Family Counselling Centre (FCC)
  3. Short Stay Home for Women & Girls (SSH)

State Government Programmes

  1. Integrated Child Development Scheme (5 Blocks)

Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for the Children of Working Mothers)

Crèches are established for the children of working and ailing mothers belonging to the lower income group. The children of age group of 0-6 years can be covered under this scheme. Each unit consists of 25 children who are provided with sleeping facilities, health-care, supplementary nutrition, immunization etc.

Schematic Pattern:

The present scheme will provide assistance to Implementing Agency/Mother NGOs for running crèches for babies (6 months to 6 years) for various components as tabulate below:

Recurring Grant (For a crèche of 25 children)

Table: Recurring Grant details
S. No Item Ceiling of expenditure Sharing ratio Expenditure per annum Implementing Agencies/ NGOs share per annum Govt. share per annum (Grant)
1 Honorarium          
(a) Crèche Worker Rs. 3000/- per month 90:10 Rs.36000/- Rs.3600/- Rs.32400/-
(b) Creche Helper Rs. 1500/- per month 90:10 Rs.18000/- Rs.1800/- Rs.16200/-
(c) Doctor Rs.250/ - per visit per quarter 90:10 Rs.1000/- Rs.100/- Rs.900/
2 Supplementary nutrition for 26 days in a month
  Rs. 12.00 per child per day for 25 children Rs 7800/- per month 90:10 Rs.93600/- Rs.9360/- Rs.84240/-
3 Other Items
(a) Medicine Kit Rs. 500/- six monthly 90:10 Rs.1000/- Rs.100/- Rs.900/-
(b) PSE Kit Rs. 2000/- per year 90:10 Rs.2000/- Rs.200/- Rs.1800/-
(c) Monitoring by independent agencies (once in a year) Rs.1000/- per crèche per visit 100% Rs.1000/- - Rs.1000/-
4 Total Expenditure Rs.152600/- Rs.15160/- Rs.137440/-

Family Counseling Centre (FCC)

The Board is running one of the schemes of Central Social Welfare Board which is detailed as follows. Women’s organizations and other voluntary social welfare organizations engaged in work relating to women’s issues can avail grants from CSWB for setting up Family Counselling Centres (FCCs). The FCCs are expected to provide counseling, referral and, if possible, rehabilitative services to women victims of atrocities in the family and society and also to others affected by family and social problems and disputes.

Conditions of eligibility

The applicant organizations should have had experience and a track record in social mobilization work and in dealing with women’s issues and problems.

Description of scheme

The Family Counseling Centre should work in close collaboration with local authorities e.g. police and institutions like Short Stay Homes etc. The institution should appoint 2 counselors, holding Masters Degree in Social Work or Psychology. At least one counselor should be a woman. The FCC is expected to intervene in ‘crisis’ cases of atrocities against women.

Objective of the scheme

The objective of the Family Counselling centres is to provide preventive curative and rehabilitative services to women and children who are the victims of atrocities/ exploitation/rape/discord/sexual harassment and mal adjustment and to create awareness in the community on social problems and laws pertaining to the welfare schemes of women. The expenditure is met in ratio 80 : 20 by Central Social Welfare Board and the institution.

The scheme has been revised by CSWB, New Delhi and Revised Financial Norms of FCC scheme communicated to the State Board by CSWB vide No. 14-15/Policy/92-93/Vol.VI dated 17.09.2015 w.e.f. 01.10.2015 are given as under:-

Details of Budget

Table: Family Counseling Centre (FCC) budget details
S.No. Head Amount CSWB’s share 90% VO’s share 10%
1 Honorarium for 2 Counselors @ Rs. 10,000/- per month per Counselor irrespective of location of the Centre. 2,40,000/- 2,16,000/- 24,000/-
2 Contingencies amounting to Rs- 44,000/- per annum, both totaling to an annual expenditure of Rs 80,000/- 80,000/- 72,000/- 8,000/-
Total 3,20,000/- 2,88,000/- 32,000/-

Short Stay Home for Women & Girls

The scheme of short stay home has been initiated with a view to help those women and girls who has to face mal adjustment, emotional disturbance, sexual harassment , immoral traffic, child abuse marital conflict etc. in the society. They require help and guidance to re gain confidence in themselves to meet the situation and to acquire skills to become self- reliant and to develop relationship with people that could help in the re-establishment of their status in society. Under this scheme they are kept in a short stay home for short time where basic facilities are provided to develop their total personality. The schemes provide the services/ facilities such as temporary shelter to the needy women and girls from 6 months to 3 years, counseling services, medical care and psychiatric treatment, skill development training & rehabilitation services and Educational, Vocational and recreational activities. The home should have an average of 30 residents at a time with facility for minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 residents.

A State Level Empowered Committee consisting of following members was constituted by State Govt. vide notification No. F.3/1/02/4SS/3914 dated 15.01.2003 to scrutinize and recommend the proposals.

Chairperson

1. Secretary, Deptt. of Social Security & Women & Child Development, Punjab.

Members

2. Principal Secretary, Finance Deptt., Punjab.
3. Director, Deptt. of Social Security Women & Child Development, Punjab.
4. Chief Architect, Deptt. of Public Works, Punjab.
5. Sh. Jugraj Singh, Ex-MLA, Chairman, Mata GujriBirdh Ashram, Vill.Khanpur, Near Kharar, Distt. SAS Nagar.
6. Sh. Ashok Prashar, Prashar Kutir, Adarsh Nagar, Phagwara.

Secretary

7. Secretary, Punjab State Social Welfare Board.

Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)

Besides others programmes of the Central Social Welfare Board, the Department of Social Security Women and Child Development, Punjab has sanctioned the following 5 ICDS Blocks in Districts viz. Amritsar, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur and Tarantaran to the Punjab State Social Welfare Board in the border districts of the State.

Table: List of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Blocks
S.No. Name of the ICDS Block Address
1 ICDS Block Harsha Chhinna, Distt. Amritsar Near Central Bank of India, Gumtala, Central Jail, Ajnala Road, Amritsar
2 ICDS Block KhuianSarwar, Distt. Fazilka C/o Sh. Baljeet Singh, Main Jammu Basti, B4/7/318, Abohar, Distt. Fazilka
3 ICDS Block Makhu, Distt. Ferozepur C/o Dhawan & Co. (Naseeb Chand Artiya) Tehsil Jeera, Distt. Ferozepur
4 ICDS Block Dera Baba Nanak, Distt. Gurdaspur ICDS Block Dera Baba Nanak, Distt. Gurdaspur
5 ICDS Block Bhikhiwind, Distt. Tarantaran Blair Road, (Near Mission Hospital) Bhikhiwind, Distt. Tarantaran

 

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.

Punjab Women Commission (PWC)

A Brief Introduction

The Punjab Women Commission was formed vide notification No. 2/31/91-2(SW) 1728, Dated 19/05/1998 by the Department of Social Security and Development of Women & Children, Govt. of Punjab. This was followed by notification of The Punjab State Commission For Women Act, 2001 (Punjab Act No.4 of 2001) to provide for the constitution of the State Commission for Women with a view the Status of women in the State of Punjab and to enquire into unfair practices affecting women. This Act came into force on 19/4/2001.

Composition of the State Board

The Punjab State Social Welfare Board is constituted by State Govt. with the concurrence of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi as per the provision of the rules governing composition and functioning of the State Social Welfare Boards. The present position of the reconstitution of the State Board is as follows:

Chairperson

Table: List of the Chairperson, Member Secretary and Non-official Members of Punjab State Commission for Women
Sr. No Name Designation Contact Number Address
1 Ms.Manisha Gulati Chairperson 0172-2783607    88659 00064   punjabwomencommission @gmail.com SCO No.57-59, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh
2 Ms.Tanu Kashyap, IAS Member Secretary 0172-2712607 - do -
3 Ms.Veerpal Kaur Tarmala Non Official Member 98761 62462 Village Tarmala, District Shri Mukatsar Sahib
4 Ms.Palwinder Kaur Rani Non Official Member 92167 65422 Village Chhoti Thali Khurd, Post Office Ghanauli, District Roopnagar
5 Ms.Darshan Kaur Non Official Member 94637 71266 Shitla Mata Mandir Road, Ward No.4, Haryana, District Hoshiarpur
6 Ms.Pushpinder Kaur Majboor Non Official Member 94178 45188 Village & Post Office Awankha, District Gurdaspur
7 Ms.Poonam Arora Non Official Member 99881 45799 House No.2337/1, Gali No.2, Chander Nagar, Near Paharia Dairy, District Ludhiana
8 Ms.Kiranpreet Kaur Dhami Non Official Member 82880 33339 Village & Post Office Dhamia Kalan, District Hoshiarpur
9 Ms.Sukhdev Kaur Salha Non Official Member 94646 71060 Village & Post Office Talwandi Salan, District Hoshiarpur
10 Director, Social Security and Women & Child Development Department, Punjab Ex Officio Member -- SCO No.102-103, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh
11 Director General of Police, Punjab Ex Officio Member -- Punjab Police Head Quarter, Sector-9, Chandigarh


Director-General of Police (DGP), Punjab and Director, Social Security and Development of Women & Children, Punjab are ex-officio members of the commission. The Commission also includes a Member-Secretary to be appointed from Women IAS/PCS Officers not below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Govt.

For more information about the Commission visit the website: Click Here

The Administrative Report 2015-16 of the commission can be accessed here.

GoI Schemes

Kishori Shakti Yojana (Training)

This scheme is being implemented in the 100 blocks of the Punjab State. The main objective of the scheme is to improve the nutritional and health status of girls in the age group of 11-18 years for the girls who are living in BPL families to provide the required literacy and numeracy skills through the Non- Formal stream of education, to stimulate a desire for more social exposure and knowledge and to help them improve their decision making capabilities, to train and equip the adolescent girls to improve/upgrade home–based and vocational skills, to promote awareness of health, hygiene, nutrition and family welfare etc.

For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs. 81.40 lac has been made, out of which no expenditure could be made. This is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme.

Kishori Shakti Yojana (Nutrition)

This scheme is being implemented in the 100 blocks of the Punjab State. The adolescent girls is the age group 11-18 years, who are given training under this scheme, are provided supplementary nutrition as per the pattern under Supplementary Nutrition Programme.
For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs.200.00 lac has been made, out of which Rs.151.92 lac has been spent and 41136 beneficiaries have been covered. This is a 100% state sponsored scheme.

Rajiv Gandhi Scheme For Empowerment Of Adolescent Girls (SABLA)

This scheme is being implemented by Ministry of Women & Child Development in 6 districts of Punjab State. This scheme has been formed by merging Kishori Shakti Yojana and Nutrition Programme for Adoloscent Girls (NPAG).This scheme is being started in 200 districts of the country as a pilot project. This scheme has been started from November, 2010 and Kishori Shakti Yojana will be implemented as before in the remaining 14 districts. The main objective of the scheme is to provide nutrition to the girls in the age group of 11-18 years and to uplift their social and economic status. There are two components of the scheme:

  1. Non-Nutrition component: First component is meant for providing training to the adolescent girls and the expenditure borne by the Centre and state 60:40 ratio respectively.
  2. Nutrition component: The second component under the scheme relates to Nutrition to AGs and the expenditure will be met in the ratio of 50:50 between Centre and State.

For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs. 1859.72 lac has been made, out of which an amount of Rs 1663.18 lac has been spent.

Indira Gandhi Matritava Sehyog Yojana (Conditional Maternity Benefit Scheme)

This scheme is centrally sponsored and is being implemented in two districts, Amritsar and Kapurthala as a pilot project. The main objective of the scheme to uplift the nutritional and health status of pregnant ladies and nursing mothers and infants. Under this scheme, the women of 19 years of age and above at the time of birth for first two live births, will receive Rs.6000/- in two installments, subject to the fulfillment of specific conditions. Rs.3000/- will be given at the end of the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, Rs. 3000/- as second installment only at the end of the six months of delivery when the infant completes six months of age. Anganwadi Worker and Helper will be given Rs. 200/- and Rs. 100/- per beneficiary respectively after all due cash transfer to the beneficiary are completed. Disbursement to the beneficiaries is being made through the bank accounts.

For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs. 702.60 lac has been made, out of which 29.00 lac has been spent. This expenditure borne by the Centre and state in the ratio of 60:40 respectively.

BetiBachaoBetiPadhao

100% Centrally Sponsored, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme is intended to improve the Child Sex Ratio across the country. This programme celebrate girl child and enable her education. The objectives of the scheme are:

  1. To prevent gender biased sex selective elimination.
  2. To ensure survival and protection of the girl child.
  3. To ensure education and participation of the girl child.

The scheme has been implemented in the 20 districts (except Fazilka and Pathankot). For the year 2016-17, an amount of Rs 3.85 Crore (revalidated from 2015-16) was released.

National Mission For Empowerment Of Women (NMEW)

National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) is an initiative of the Government of India (GOI) with a view to empower women socially, economically and educationally. The Mission aims to achieve empowerment of women on all these fronts by securing convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Departments as well as effective implementation of various social laws concerning women. In this endeavor, the Mission seeks to utilize existing structural arrangements of participating Ministries, wherever available, and make use of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as far as possible. The mission would bring together women centric schemes/programmes requiring convergent action for better and effective delivery to the targeted groups. In doing so, it would not impinge on the operational authority of any of the participating Ministry/ Department of autonomous body.

The objective of this Mission is to facilitate the processes towards ensuring economic and social empowerment of women with emphasis on health and education, to progressively eliminate violence against women, create awareness about various schemes and programmes meant for women, gender mainstreaming of programmes, policies, institutional arrangements and processes of participating Ministries.

National Mission for Empowerment of Women was operationalised during the financial year 2011-12 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in April 2011. The focus was to bring convergence of efforts through inter-sectoral coordination amongst different ministries and programmes with Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) as the nodal for achieving holistic empowerment of women.

Following the restructuring of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) during the 12th Plan period, NMEW was approved for continuation as a sub-scheme of the Umbrella Scheme for Protection and Development of Women.

The revised NMEW Scheme aims to achieve holistic empowerment of women through convergence of schemes/ programmes of different Ministries/ Departments of Government of India as well as State Governments. Under the revised Scheme, technical support to Ministry of Women and Child Development is being provided by domain experts who are involved in the implementation and monitoring of new initiatives of the Ministry like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP Scheme), One Stop Centres, Women Helpline etc. and also facilitates convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Departments with focus on women.

At the national level experts engaged in the area of:

  1. Poverty alleviation economic empowerment,
  2. Health and nutrition,
  3. Gender budgeting & Gender mainstreaming,
  4. Gender rights gender based violence & law enforcement,
  5. Empowerment of vulnerable & marginalised groups,
  6. Social empowerment & education,
  7. Media and advocacy and
  8. Information technology

The scheme aims strengthen the conceptual and programmatic basis of women centric schemes/programmes implemented by the MWCD, other Ministries and State Government with the mechanism for convergence. Training & Capacity Building to enhance and strengthen understanding of gender issues, build a Resource Pool (trainers) at the National and State level to bridge gaps between knowledge and practice will be the other focus area of NMEW.

A National Mission Directorate along with a National Resource Centre for Women (NRCW), comprising of technical experts anchored with the MWCD operationalizes the activities of the Mission.

Institutional mechanism at the State level consists of the State Mission Authority (SMA) under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and Ministers of key Departments related to Women’s issues besides civil society representatives as members to provide direction to the Mission’s activities. The State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) provides institutional support to operationalize the activities of the Mission in State.

Village Convergence & Facilitation Service (VCFS)

Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India added a new component namely Village Convergence & Facilitation Service (VCFS), which has been included for implementation in 100 districts identified under Beti Bachaao Beti Padhao Scheme.

VCFS includes Gram Panchayat level activities for creating awareness on issues such as violence against women, gender equality, and facilitate access to various Central / State Government programs / schemes for women; mobilizes the community to avail such services etc. These activities are to be undertaken/ facilitated by Village Coordinators (Volunteers) identified at the GP level.

(In Rs lacs)

Table: Fund details of Village Convergence & Facilitation Service (VCFS)
Financial Year Budget Allotment Funds sanctioned by FD Exp.
2015-16 91.20 91.20 Nil

One Stop Center Scheme (OSC)

Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, New Delhi has launched One Stop Centres (OSC) Scheme in 2015-16. The objective of the scheme is to intend to support women affected by violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at the workplace. Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race and culture will be facilitated with support and redressal. Aggrieved women facing any kind of violence due to attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honour related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting who have reached out or been referred to the OSC will be provided with specialized services.

Under this Scheme, in the first phase, one OSC will initially be established in District Hospital Bathinda to facilitate access to an integrated range of services including medical, legal, and psychological support.

 

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.

State Schemes

Concessional Bus Travel Facility To Women

All the women of 60 years and above residing in the State of Punjab andWomen residing with the State Govt. employees staying in Chandigarh have been given the benefit w.e.f. 1.12.97 for FREE TRAVEL CONCESSION in the Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation Buses. All the Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) have been authorized to issue such passes on production of age proof. The State Govt. has partially modified the earlier policy and now facility is being provided on 50% concession bus fare in the State Govt. Buses vide order No.4/30/96-2SS/5397 dated 12.11.99.

For the financial year 2016-17, a budget provision of Rs. 120.00 lac has been made, out of which Rs.40/95 lac has been spent. This scheme is 100% state sponsored.

Awareness Programme for Improving adverse Sex Ratio

The people of Punjab have a mind set for male child to inherit their feudal property, to look after them in the old age and source of livelihood for the family. In order to curb the tendency of female foeticide and to improve the imbalance sex ratio in the state, which is 874 against 1000 male, this department is creating awareness among the masses through camps to be organized at District and block level regarding serious adverse implications of gender imbalance In the society.

No budget provision has been made as per revised budget for the financial year 2016-17.

Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme

Government of Punjab launched Mai BhagoVidya Scheme in the State during 2011-12. The objective of the scheme is to encourage enrollment of girl student to continue their further studies in Government school and to reduce the school dropout rate. Under the scheme, free bicycles are provided to all girl students of 9th to 12th classes studying in Government schools of the state. A budget of Rs 2200 Lac was sanctioned under this scheme for 2016-17.

Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Kalyan Scheme

This was launched under 13th Finance Commission component for "measures to improve sex ratio" in the State from 2011-12. The main objective of the scheme is to curb female feticide and to provide better education to girls. Along with this, financial assistance will be provided to the families from time to time so that they are not burdened with the birth of the girl child. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs. 20,000/- will be deposited with L.I.C. per girl/per beneficiary and LIC further disbursed 61,000/- to the guardian of child in different stages up to the age of 18 years.

Under this scheme, the following beneficiaries will be eligible:

  1. The girls born after 1.1.2011.
  2. The girls whose parents are permanent resident of Punjab.
  3. The abundant girls found after 1.1.2011 and are residing in Orphanage and Children Homes in the Punjab State.
  4. The number of girls born before will not matter to get benefit under the scheme. This benefit will not be given to newly born boys. This benefit will be given to those families whose annual income is less than Rs.30,000/- and the proof of income will be the blue card issued by the Food and Supply Department, Punjab. If the girl child drops from school due to any reason then no benefit will be given to the beneficiaries or the families after that date.

Under 13th Finance Commission, Rs53.75 Crore has been transferred to LIC for 26875 beneficiaries during the year 2011-12 to 2014-15 under Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan Scheme.

The beneficiaries will be provided the following benefits:

Table: Benefits of Bebe Nanki Laadli Beti Kalyan scheme
S.No Period of benefit Age Amount released by LIC to guardian of the beneficiary
1 On birth of newly born girl child 0 Rs. 2100/-
2 On attaining the age of 3 years (after full immunization) 3 years Rs. 2100/-
3 On admission to Class -1 6 years Rs. 2100/-
4 On admission to Class –IX 14 years Rs. 2100/-
5 On attaining age of 18 years & passed Class- XII 18 years Rs. 31000/-
6 Scholarship payable   -
(a) From class-1 to VI standard 100/- per month   Rs.7200/-
(b) From class-VI1 to XII standard 200/- per month   Rs.14400/-
  Total benefit At the age of 18 years Rs.61000/-

The term of 13th Finance Commission was from 1.4.2011 to 31.3.2015. Since no funds were available from 01.04.2015 onwards under the scheme Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan scheme. Hence the scheme was transferred to State Plan Scheme from 2015-16. About 10,000 applications are pending under the scheme and the budget earmarked for 2016-17 was Rs. 15 Crore.

Home for Widows and Destitute, Jalandhar

In this Home, widows and destitute women along with their children get a cash dole for their livelihood and clothes. The assistance has been enhanced to Rs 2000/- Per Month per beneficiary from 1-4-2015. Apart from this, they get free accommodation, electricity, water and medical assistance. New admission is done on the recommendation and approval of Head of department. The capacity of home is 250 inmates.

Training-cum-Protection Centre, Jalandhar

The Department is running Training-cum-production Centre at Jalandhar, where the inmates are provided technical training in cutting, tailoring embroidery, leather /plastic goods and to make the uniform of the employees of Police Department etc. They are provided wages for the work done by them.

State Protective Home, Jalandhar

The Punjab Government is implementing Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, 1956 and one Protection Home has been set up at Jalandhar for this purpose. The inmates of this home are provided free boarding, lodging, medical facilities vocational training in cutting/tailoring and embroidery etc.

 

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.

Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)

Ministry of Women and Child Development, GoI has launched Integrated Child Protection Scheme in the year 2009-10. Scheme provides protection to the two target group who are below the age of 18 years:

  1. Children in need in Care and Protection
  2. Children in Conflict with Law

In order to implement this scheme in the State of Punjab, Memorandum of Association (MoA) has been signed in November 2010 and Punjab State Child Protection Society (PSCPS) has been formulated under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 on dated 26th May 2011 and various units have been set up so forth.

For the year 2016-17, a budget of 35 Crore was sanctioned under this scheme.

Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS)

Service Delivery Structure In The State Of Punjab

Punjab State Child Protection Society has been setup at state level headed by Secretary WCD and District Child Protection Units have been set-up in all the 22 districts, which will work under overall supervision of Punjab State Child Protection Society. Service Delivery Structure at State and District Level are as under:

Statutory Bodies

Three Statutory bodies have been constituted under the Act which is as follows:

Child Welfare Committees (CWCs)

As per Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, one Child Welfare Committee, comprising of one chairman and four members has been established in each district as the final authority to dispose of cases for the care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of children in need of care & protection and to provide for their basic needs and protection of human rights.

Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs)

As per Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 one Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has been set-up in each district to deal with matters relating to juveniles in conflict with law. To facilitate setting up of a JJB in each district and to ensure their effective functioning, the scheme provides adequate infrastructure and financial suppor. JJBs are comprised of One Principal Magistrates and two Members including one female member.

Special Juvenile Police Units (SJPUs)

As per Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 Special Juvenile Police Units in every district and city to coordinate and upgrade the police interface with children has already been set up by the Department of Police. All the police officers, designated as juvenile/child welfare officers in the district or city, are members of the SJPU.

Various Facilities provided Under Integrated Child Protection Scheme

Institutional Care services are provided through various types of the Home under Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of children Act 2015 in the State of Punjab:

 

Non-Institutional Care Services

Non-Institutional Care Services are provided for rehabilitation and reintegration of children through sponsorship, foster-care, adoption and after-care are provided to the children and Families.

Adoption

State Adoption Resource Agency at state level monitor overall functioning of Specialized Adoption Agencies where in-country and inter-country adoptions are being carried out.

Adoption and Related Issues

Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA)

State Government supports NGO run Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAAs) where adoptable children below six years of age are provided residential care for the placement of orphaned, abandoned or surrendered children for adoption in accordance with the provisions of various guidelines for adoption issued from time to time, by the State Government, or the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). The individual care plan shall be reviewed every six months and no child remains in the care of a SAA for more than a period of one year.

List Of Adoption Agencies

Sponsorship and Foster Care Scheme

This scheme provides Financial Assistance to children and families for over all development of the children. Sponsorship and Foster Care assistance is not only cost effective in comparison to institutional care but it also:

  1. Prevents child destitution and offers holistic child protection;
  2. Provides conditional assistance to ensure that the child continues his/her education;
  3. Supports and supervises financial assistance to families and group foster homes;
  4. Offers child care within the family setting;
  5. Preserves families and encourages parents to fulfill their responsibilities;

Criteria for selection of children for Sponsorship

  1. Children in institutions who can be restored to families (de- institutionalization)
  2. For preventive sponsorship children in conditions of extreme deprivation based on the “proxy parameters” of - types of residential locality, social deprivation and occupation shall be selected, whose family income is not exceeding:
    1. Rs 36,000 per annum for Metro cities
    2. Rs 30,000 per annum for Other Cities
    3. Rs 24,000 per annum for Rural areas

This criteria is indicative at present, as MWCD has to prepare guidelines for implementation of Preventive Sponsorship.

Foster Care

Fostering is an arrangement whereby a child lives, usually on a temporary basis, with an extended or unrelated family member. Such an arrangement ensures that the birth parents do not lose any of their parental rights or responsibilities. This arrangement shall cater to children who are not legally free for adoption, and whose parents are unable to care for them due to illness, death, desertion by one parent or any other crisis. The aim is to eventually re-unite the child with his/her own family when the family circumstances improve, and thus prevent institutionalization of children in difficult circumstances. The scheme provides support for foster care through the Sponsorship and Foster Care Fund available with the DCPU. The foster care program shall be managed jointly by the Child Welfare Committee, District Child Protection Unit and the Specialized Adoption Agency/Child Care Institutions.

 

Note: For the benefits, validity and application procedure of a scheme, please contact your nearest DPO.

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