Social Welfare Department
In order to achieve this objective the department recognizes that it responses to the problems of aged and weak. As such, the focus of the department is on an integrated approach for providing various services must not regard them as mere passive developmental process. Such participation requires the beneficiaries particularly the women and the disabled to be mobilized into groups at the grass root level through which they can orchestrate coordination or Government program and articulate their hops and aspirations.
Organizational Structure of Social Security Women and Child Development, Punjab
Development of women and Children who constitute about 70% of the total population of the state. Providing social security to the Aged and Informs women and destitute women, handicapped mentally retarded and delinquent children, widows and destitute women. Implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act 1986. Implementation of the persons with disabilities (equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation) Act 1995.
Grantin-aid to non government organization working for the rehabilitation or Aged, weak and Disable.Major Achievements
2.50 lac beneficiaries have been benefited under the old Age Pension Scheme.
60000 beneficiaries have been benefited under Financial Assistance to widows and destitute women scheme. 23000 beneficiaries have been benefited under Financial Assistance to dependent children scheme. 22000 beneficiaries have been benefited under Financial Assistance to disabled persons scheme. There art 324 inmates in the Homes working under the Juvenile Justice Act 1986. 337000 beneficiaries are getting benefit under ICDS Program 7000 beneficiaries have been benefited under Kanya Jagrit Joti Scheme. 456000 women above the age of 60 years have been provided free travel facility in Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Buses. 3% reservation has been provided to the handicaps in Government jobs. 193 persons (blind) have been adjusted in various Departments as on 28.2.98. The retirement age for the blind has been enhanced from 58 years to 60 years. 61 blind students ate studying in Govt. Institute rot blind Ludhiana where free education, food, and hostel facilities are provided to them up to 10th class. A Braille Press and a Talking Library has also been set up at a cost of Rs. 212.00 lac for providing free books for students in Braille. Three vocational Rehabilitation centres have been set up at Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Bhatinda where Vocational Training is imparted to handicapped. Thirty Five Non Government organisations have been given Grant-in-aid amounting to Rs. 46.12 Iac during the year 1997-98 who are working for the welfare of children women handicapped and weaker section of the society.
Financial Assistance to Disabled Persons
Eligibility: Type and degree of disability: The handicapped person (blind, deaf and dumb, mentally retarded and chronic patients etc.) who, by reason of their severe degree of disability, are permanently infirm dependent on others.
Income: Should not exceed Rs.1000 per month
If the applicant is married, the income of both husband and wife should not exceed Rs.1500 per month.
Rate of Pension: Rs.200 per month per beneficiary.
Mode of Pension: Quarterly through Banks.
How to apply: A very simple application form is available free of cost from the office of District Social Security Officer. The contents to be certified by the Sarpanch and Lamberdar of the village and attested by either SDO (C)/Executive Magistrate/ Tehsildar/Naib Tehsildar/Programme Officer (ICDS)/CDPO/BDPO.
Sanction of Pension: Applications, complete in all respects, area submitted in the office of District Social Security Officer who processes the case, if found in order, Additional Deputy Commissioner sanctions the pension/financial assistance.
Budgetary Provision and Achievements
The Persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and full participation) Act,1995
The Persons with disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of rights and full participation) Act 1995
Under section 13 of the Act, a committee has been constituted under the chairpersonship of Minister for Social Security Women and Child Development. The first meeting of the Committee was held on 9-3-1998. Under section 19 of the Act, an executive committee has bee constituted whose first meeting will be held on 2-4-1998. Under section 50 of the Act, Director Social Security, Women and Child Development has been declared as Competent Authority.
Under section 60 of the Act, Director Social Security, Women and Child Development has been appointed as Commissioner. A High Power Committee has been constituted who would ensure the implementation of the Act in the State as a whole and will also monitor the progress of wok being done for the welfare of the handicapped. The rules are being framed under the Act, which will be enforced shortly. The instructions have been issued to Transport, Labour and employment, Health and Family Welfare and Education Department for implementation of the provision of the Act regarding facilities to be provided by them in the said departments. The State Government has also decided to set up a hospital at the state level for the persons with severe disabilities during the year 1998-99. As per provisions of the Act, 3% posts have been reserved for blinds, deaf and dumb and orthopeadically handicapped persons. All out efforts are being made to fill the posts reserved for handicapped in class I, II, II, and IV services. Against the posts reserved for blinds, the department has sponsored the names of 364 persons different departments and Districts Administration out of which 193 have been given employment as on 28.2.1998. The retirement age has been enhanced from 58 years to 60 years for blind.
Govt. Institute for Blinds at Jamalpur, Ludhiana
Objective: Free education, food and hostel facility to the blinds upto 10th class.
Capacity: 65 students. There are 61 students in the institute as on 28.2.98.
Braille Press: The Government has also set up a Braille Press and Talking library at the cost of Rs.212.00 lac for providing books to the students in Braille.
It has been declined to supply free books to the Blind Persons upto the age of 18 years.
Vocational Rehabilitation Centers.
Objective: To impart training to the persons with disabilities in small vocations like canning, candle making, soap making, sewing embroidery, typing and shorthand etc. to enable them to stand on their own feet.
Where: i) A Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the handicapped girls has been set up at the premises of Govt. Institute for Blind, Jamalpur (Ludhiana) where 15 trainees are admitted.
ii) A Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the handicapped boys and girls has been set up at the Red Cross Bhawan, Bathinda, where 12 trainees are admitted.
iii) A Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the handicapped boys, and girls has been set up at Ram Colony Camp, Hoshiarpur, where 8 trainees are admitted.
There is a proposal for Regional Rehabilitation Centre for the orthopaedically disabled handicapped persons at Bathinda.
Grant-in-aid to Non-Government Organizations
The State Government is also providing Grant-in-aid to non-Government Organizations which are about 35 in number, working for the welfare of children, women, handicapped and weaker section of the society. A budget provision of Rs.46.12 lac as made during the year 1997-98. Plan Budget for the yet 1998-99 yet not approved.Contact Information
Secretary Social Security and Women and Child Development
Director Social Security and Women and Child Development
BACKGROUND : Year 2006 - 07 Month - 3/2007
SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE HANDICAPPED STUDETNS/TRAINEES: (STATE SCHEME)
FREE AND CONCESSIONAL TRAVEL IN THE BUSES OF PUNJAB ROADWAYS AND P.R.T.C. (STATE SCHEME)
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