Chandigarh Schemes

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Chandigarh, the dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India. Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of "Chandi Mandir" located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. The deity 'Chandi', the goddess of power and a fort of 'garh' laying beyond the temple gave the city its name "Chandigarh-The City Beautiful”. The foundation stone of the city was laid in 1952. Subsequently, at the time of reorganization of the state on 01.11.1966 into Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh, the city assumed the unique distinction of being the capital city of both, Punjab and Haryana while it itself was declared as a Union Territory and under the direct control of the Central Government.

According to Census 2001, total population of Chandigarh is 900,635, out of this 15538 persons are living with disability. Department of Social Welfare is the concerned authority for the welfare of Person with Disability in Chandigarh.

Social Welfare Department

Set up in the year 1978, this Department is responsible for welfare of Scheduled Caste, Other Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, Women and Children and other vulnerable sections of the Society. The Department is managing one Nari Niketan, one Juvenile Home under the Juvenile Justice Act.

The Welfare of SC/ST and OBC, includes Post Delivery Financial Assistance to Women for Nutrition; Stitching Charges of School uniform for S.C. Children, Free Education for Meritorious SC and OBC students; Apni Beti Apna Dhan; Holiday Camps for Scheduled Caste; Encouragement to inter-caste Marriage; Development of Skills amongst SC children living in Jhugies and Slum Areas; Seminar on Life, Mission and Work of Baba Saheb Dr.B.R. Ambedkar, Monetary Relief/ Rehabilitation of Victims of Atrocities; Strengthening of Machinery for the enforcement of PCR Act, Housing Scheme for Scheduled Castes (Dr.Ambedkar Awas Yojana) etc..

For Social Security and Welfare of Women and Children, there are schemes like Creches for the Children of Working Mothers; Construction of Anganwari Centre; Home for Delinquent/Neglected Children; Children in need of care and protection; Financial Assistance to Widows/Destitute Women; Nari Niketan etc.

For the disabled, schemes of Scholarship, Subsidy on Petrol/Diesel; Prosthetic aid, Unemployment Allowance; Free Vocational Training in Computer and Beauty Culture etc. are being implemented. For the aged, scheme of Old Age Pension is being implemented and Identity Cards to Senior Citizens are also being issued. An ex-gratia payment to the family of deceased Govt. servants is being released by this department. The following institutions are functioning in the Union Territory of Chandigarh for providing shelter to the aged:-
  • A Senior Citizens Home has been set up Sector 43, Chandigarh which is being managed by Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation.
  • A Home for Old and Destitute People is functioning in Sector 15, Chandigarh in the Govt. building which is being managed by the Lions Club Chandigarh (Central).
  • Welfare of Handicapped
    1. Pension to disabled persons
      Persons who are blind, deaf, orthopaedically handicapped who suffer from 40% disability and more are given financial assistance of Rs.200 p.m. The eligibility criteria for availing this benefit is as under:-
      1. The applicant should be resident of Chandigarh for the last three years.
      2. Income limit for getting Handicapped Pension is:-
        1. Rs.1000 of the person concerned
        2. If married, total income of both husband and wife should not exceed Rs.1500/- p.m.
        3. If not earning, then income of his/her parents, in case of one child should not exceed Rs.500/- p.m. and if two or more children, then Rs.3000/- p.m
    2. Petrol Subsidy
      Handicapped persons who are owner of motorized vehicles are entitled to 50% subsidy on actual expenditure on purchase of petrol/ diesel. The physically handicapped persons having an income upto Rs.2500/- per month from all sources are eligible for subsidy. Those physically handicapped persons who are already in receipt of the conveyance allowance either from any voluntary or State source shall not be eligible for grant of subsidy on purchase of petrol/ diesel.
    3. Assistance to handicapped persons purchase of AIDS/Appliances
      The financial assistance is provided to physically handicapped persons for purchase of Aids/ Appliances to increase their mobility in their day to day working. The quantum of assistance is determined in proportion to the income of the applicant. Monthly income of the applicant from all sources should not exceed Rs.8,000/-. The applicant is entitled for the 100% cost on purchase of artificial limbs/ aids/ appliances subject to maximum of Rs.20,000/-
    4. State Resource Centre
      A State Resource Centre-cum-District Rehabilitation Centre has been set up in Government Medical College, Sector 32, Chandigarh under the Government of India Scheme, National Programme for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (NPRPD). The main objective behind setting up of the center is to deliver medical, social vocational and educational rehabilitative services to the physically and mentally challenged by providing access to these services through community based functionaries.

      The coordinating agencies other than Government Medical College are Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children, Sector 32, Chandigarh, Nevedic prosthetic Centre, Zirakpur, Institute for the Blind, Sector 26 and PRAYAAS Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children.
    5. Unemployment allowance to the disabled persons
      The Social Welfare department is providing Unemployment Allowance to the disabled persons. Rates of unemployment allowance are given below:
      Rates of Unemployment Allowance

      Sr. No. Qualification For visually Handicapped and Deaf and Dumb Persons. Others categories of Handicapped persons.
      1. For Matriculate and under Graduate applicants. Rs.300/-- per month Rs.150/- per month
      2. For Graduate/Post Graduate applicants Rs.400/- per month Rs.200/- per month
    6. Scholarship to disabled persons
      The Social Welfare Department is providing Scholarship to the disabled students. From Class-I to VIII, the scholarship is provided by the Education Department and from Class 9th onwards, by the Social Welfare Department in the range of Rs.50/- to Rs.500/- depending upon the class of study.

      The application forms for availing benefits under the schemes being implemented by the social welfare department are available free of cost at the given address:

      Director Social Welfare
      Chandigarh Administration
      Town Hall Extension Building,
      3rd Floor, Sector 17, Chandigarh

      Information on the non-government voluntary organizations

      About 50 Non-Government Voluntary Organisations are working in the Chandigarh and are engaged in various welfare activities and getting grant-in-aid of Rs.20,000/- from the Social Welfare Department, Chandigarh Administration. Some of these NGOs are detailed as under:-

      S.No Name of the Org. Activities undertaken by the Organisations
      1. Youth Technical Training Society, Karuna Sadan Building, Sector 11, Chandigarh. PUSTAK School for Street Children and VAMA Project for Women's Empowerment working at Burail Community Centre, Sector 45, New Indira Colony Community Centre, Sanjay Colony, Industrial Area, Ph.I, Maulijagran Community Centre
      2. Sadhna Society for Mentally Retarded Children, Rain Basera Building, Manimajra, Chandigarh. School and Vocational Training Centre for Mentally Retarded Children at Rain Basera Building, Manimajra, Chandigarh.
      3. Action Research and Training Institute, #824, Sector 38-A, Chandigarh. The Society is works for providing assistance, help or aid for Self Help Group Formation, Atrocities against Women, Computer Education for Women, free Education, Professional Training to poor girls in slum and rural areas.
      4. Bharat Educational and Peace Promotion Society, SCF 4, Sector 14, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Institute for Orthopaedically handicapped at Dhanas for promoting education, training and rehabilitation of the handicapped.
      5. Humanity Welfare Society, #152, Sector 9-B, Chandigarh. Creches for children of working mother and Bal Bahar School in Bapudham Colony.
      6. Build India Group, #29, Sector 7, Chandigarh. The society is undertaking activities in the field of national integration environment protection, health, medical facilities, organising medical camps at Mauli Jagran.
      7. Ambedkar Social Justice Forum India, #315, Sector 35-A, Chandigarh. Awareness generation camps for women and girls regarding welfare schemes for poor and other weaker section of society, teaching of Baba Sahib Ambedkar on National and Emotional Integration. The Forum is also running Tailoring and Embroidery School for girls in Ramdarbar.
      8. Rural Environmental Enterprises Dev. Society (REEDS), #1116, Sector 33-C, Chandigarh. Awareness generation camps on value of girl child and counseling to provide information and education for a happy and healthy life for the girl child.
      9. Navjyoti Welfare Society, Quiet Office No.6 Cabin No.5, II nd Floor, Sector 35-A, Chandigarh. Engaged for the welfare of women's, destitute, orphan's and handicapped people.
      10. Shubkarman Health Care Society, #3610, Sector 35-D, Chandigarh. Stitching and Tailoring centre at its headquarter.
      11. Hitkari Social Welfare Society, #2524, Sector 37-C, Chandigarh. Engaged for the welfare of women children, aged and infirm.
      12. Global Social Concern, #405, Sector 43-A, Chandigarh. Organising free Eye-Operation Camps and Awareness Generation Camps in Rural and Slum area of Union Territory of Chandigarh.
      13. New Kiran Social Welfare Society, Shop No.218, Patel Market, Sector 15, Chandigarh. Arranging marriages for poor girls and settling cases of matrimonial conflicts.
      14. Mother India Educational Welfare and Industrial Society. The NGO is working to organise short training courses in Computer for Women in the slums of UT, Chandigarh
      15. Capital Christian Welfare Association, 1064, Sector 21-B, Chandigarh. Cutting and Tailoring training centre at village Hallomajra, Chandigarh.
      16. Society for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped and Persons Suffering from Social Evils, #417, Sector 44-A, Chandigarh. Awareness camps for general hygiene and cleanliness of surroundings.
      17. Jan Kalyan Sansthan. #417, Sector 44-A, Chandigarh. Counseling to girls and women facing moral danger and matrimonial conflicts.
      18. Rural Institute of Health Care, # SCO 80, IInd Floor, Sector 40-C, Chandigarh. Awareness generation camps in schools on dental care, hygiene and prevention of communicable diseases.
      19. Theatre for Theatre, #3111, Sector 19-D, Chandigarh. Imparting theatrical skills to slum children.
      20. Chandigarh Senior Citizen Association, Room No.2, Karuna Sadan Building, Sector 11, Chandigarh. Welfare of Older Persons. Organised free medical camps and assistance to Senior Citizens at nominated hospitals/ dispensary. Four Physiotherapy centres are also being run by this association.
      21. Indian Council for Child Welfare, UT, Branch, Sector 23, Chandigarh. Engaged in the field of welfare of children. The Council is running Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped children, Balwadis/ Creches for Children of Working mothers, Hobby Classes in Dance, Music, Tailoring, Art Craft Centres and working women hostel in sector 23, Chandigarh.
      22. K.L. Vishvas Sewa Kender, #1586, Main Bazar, Manimajra, Chandigarh. Running Free Tailoring Training Centre for the upliftment of poor and downtroden women and girls at Manimajra.
      23. Cheshire Homes India, Foreign Students Hostel, Sector 15-A, Chandigarh. Cheshire Home to provide shelter and vocational training to Disabled boys.
      24. All India Women's Conference, Sector 11, Chandigarh. Running a Working Women Hostel, Sector 11, Chandigarh. One Year Computer Training Course for Women. First-aid Home Nursing Course.Free Legal Aid to women. Awareness Generation Programme and seminar. Tailoring and Embroidery Training course. Seminars on the eradication of illiteracy amongst women.
      25. Aastha Foundation, #1345, Sector 19-B, Chandigarh. Awareness Generation Camps, AIDS Awareness Camps, Educational Books for Slum Children, Help to Poor and Needy People.
      26. Social Works Society, #3016, Housing Board Colony, Dhanas, Chandigarh. Free Typewriting and Beauty Culture Training Centre at village Dhanas and Sarangpur.
      27. Theatre Age, #86, Sector 48, Chandigarh. Vocational training, non-formal education and theater training workshop with slums children.
      28. Society for the Care of Blind, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Providing Education to visually impaired person upto 10+2th level and vocational training in weaving, candle making, music, computer etc.
      29. Vatika School for Deaf and Dumb, Sector 19, Chandigarh. School and Vocational Training Centre for Mentally Retarded Children in Sector 19, Chandigarh.
      30. Survival of Young and Adolescent Foundation (SURYA), #3139, Sector 28-D, Chandigarh.

      The NGO is organising Counselling Sessions with the adolescent girls of the Urban slums of UT, Chandigarh. Taken up the cause of Breast Feeding Promotion in a big way and is celebrating Breast Feeding Week from Ist to 8th August for the last 4 years.

      Running a Beauty Care Centre, Stitching and Tailoring Centre in villages Raipur Khurd, Hallomajra and Behlana

      31. Society for the Social Health, #206/2, Sector 41-A, Chandigarh. Afternoon school for poor slum children who are engaged in rag picking in the morning hours and sewing training centres in Sector 52, Chandigarh.
      32. The Environment Society of India, Karuna Sadan Building, Sector 11, Chandigarh. Environmental protection and nature conservation to save the planet and for the welfare of the human beings including Environmental training, planning and education.
      33. North West Zone Special Olympics Society, #202, Sector 36-A, Chandigarh. Vocational Training Centre for mentally retarded children at Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh and a school for mentally retarded children at Bhawan Vidhalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh.
      34. Society for Health for All, #1071,Sector 37-B, Chandigarh. Tailoring and Stitching training centre at Dadumajra Colony, Chandigarh.
      35. Morning Star Fellowship Society, #1738, Maulijagran. This society is running sewing and tailoring training centre for poor women in Maulijgaran and organising awareness generation camps.
      36. Sewa Bharti, Plot No.1, Sector 29, Chandigarh. Running a free mobile dispensary covering labour colonies of Chandigarh. It has also set up a clinical dispensary in Sewa Dham in sector 29, Chandigarh. The other activities of Sewa Bharti is running of creches for children of working mothers and to provide medicines to the poor patients in the P.G.I.
      37. Indian Council for Social Welfare, Room No.16, Ist Floor, Karuna Sadan Building , Sector 11, Chandigarh. The society is running four creches, the vocational training courses in computers and readymade garments for the girls of economically weaker section, a family counseling centre, awareness generation camps, AIDS awareness camp, helpline for elderly and school for slum children.
      38. Citizens Association for Relief Education and Services (CARES), #1541, Sector 36-D, Chandigarh. Creches for children of working mothers and organising awareness camps for women in rural and slums areas.
      39. Holiday Home Society, Indira Holiday Home, Sector 24, Chandigarh. Holiday camp and cultural activities for socially handicapped and backward children, cultural and social function, charitable diagnostic centre, Art and Music centre.
      40. Indian National Portage Association, Karuan Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh. Short term courses of rehabilitation council of India.
      41. Servants of the People Society, Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, Chandigarh. Counseling centre for drug addicts and Physiotherapy centre and dispensary for aged people at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Chandigarh. A helpline for drug addicts is also functioning.
      42. YUVSATTA, #3265, Sector 35-D, Chandigarh. Condom Promotion Campaign, Street Plays to eradicates social evils and a multi discipline school for slum children at Janta Colony, Sector 25, Chandigarh.
      43. Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Sector 11, Chandigarh. Running a Working Women Hostel, Sector 11, Chandigarh. One Year Tailoring Training Course for Women. First-aid Home Nursing Course.Free Legal Aid to women. Awareness Generation Programme and seminar. Tailoring and Embroidery Training course. Seminars on the eradication of illiteracy amongst women.
      44. Gandhi Samrak Nidhi, Gandhi Samrak Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh. Helping the needy women and imparting training in various trades.
      45. Bharat Sewak Samaj, Sector 24, Chandigarh. Training centre and Balwadis for slum children in village Dadumajra.
      46. Women and Child Care Society, #621, Kumhar Mohalla , Burail, Chandigarh. A Craft Centre of tailoring and cutting is being run by the Society in Village Burail.
      47. Sahayata Charitable Welfare Organisation, #1220, Sector 18-C, Chandigarh. Emotional, Financial help to Cancer Patients and Destitute Children.
      48. CHETNA, Karuna Sadan , Sector 11, Chandigarh. To undertake schemes for the education, training and rehabilitation of adolescent girls. To provide for settling of family disputes and counseling to deserted and divorced women. To provide institutional service to widows, destitute, divorced and deserted women.

      To help victimised women against atrocities.
      49. KARUNA, #1343, Sector 22-D, Chandigarh. Two tailoring training centres one in Palsora, Ph.I and the second in Sector 47, imparted training in tailoring to eighty five (85) girls and women including widows and divorced free of charges, to make them capable of earning their livelihood.
      50. Bal Niketan Society, Sector 15-C, Chandigarh. Bal Niketan Society is running a Home for the Children in need of Care and Protection in Sector 15, Chandigarh.