Activities and programmes of department of Social Welfare, Wokha

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/5/2020 11:19:12 AM IST

 The department of Social Welfare was set up in 1968 with the sole purpose of implementing Welfare programmes to uplift the weaker section of the society. Currently, the following programmes are being implemented in Wokha District for the benefit of child, women, poor and needy people.

1. Child Welfare Programme.

2. Welfare Programme for Senior citizens.

3. Welfare Programme for Person with Disabilities.

Child Welfare Programme (a) Anganwadi Services:-Anganwadi services erstwhile Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) is a flagship programme of the GOI and represents one of the world largest and unique programmes for early childhood care scheme and development. The beneficiaries under the scheme are age group of 0-6 years, pregnant women and lactating mothers. There are 5 ICDs projects in the district covering 22,575 beneficiaries through 358 Anganwadi Centres.

Packages of services provided through ICDS are: - Supplementary nutrition, Pre-School non-formal education, nutrition and Health education, Immunization, Health check-up & Referral services.

The latest three services are related to health and are provided in collaboration with Department of Health through NRHM & Health system. Each ICDS project is under the charge of a Child Development Project Officer who is assisted by Supervisors for implementation of the scheme. The Anganwadi Worker is assisted by a helper who looks after the activities of each Anganwadicentre. Besides, the delivery of the package of services, the AWW conduct regular health and nutrition education in the centers and home and home visits are carried out regularly.

National Nutrution Mission:-National nutrition mission PMs Convergence scheme for holistic nourishment is being implemented in Wokha District. The objective of the scheme is to address nutritional deficiencies of children in the age group of 0-6 years, pregnant and lactating mother to reduce low weight, under nutrition and prevalence of Anemia through advocacy and IEC. This mission is based on Real Time-Monitoring so as to ensure targeted and timely interventions of the scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY):- PMMVY was launched in 2007. The objective of the scheme is to improve the health and nutrition status of pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW & LM) and infants. A sum of Rs.5000/- in three installments is directly credited in the bank account of the beneficiaries so as to provide partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentives so that women can take adequate rest before and after delivery of the first child. As of now 1318 beneficiaries are enrolled under this scheme.

Welfare programme for senior citizens. National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), the NSAP scheme is funded by the Ministry of Rural Development and Department of Social Welfare implements the following 4 scheme.

1. Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS).

2. Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension scheme (IGNDPS).

3. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension scheme (IGNWPS).

4. National Family Benefit scheme: - under this scheme a lump-sum assistance will be given to the bereaved household in the event of death of the bread-winner. The family benefit will be paid to such surviving member of the deceased poor. However, the death of such a bread-winner should have occurred whilst he/ she is in the age of 18 to 59 years.

State welfare programme for person with disability (PwD):

1. Financial assistance to invalid persons: - financial assistance of Rs.300/- per month per head is provided to the needy persons with disabilities. Altogether 323 persons are covered under this scheme.

2. Financial Assistance to Blind Persons: - this scheme is a financial assistance to Blind persons. A sum of Rs.300/- is provided to 167 visually impaired persons as of now in Wokha district.

3. Handicapped Scholarship: - Disable students from Class A to VII are provided with scholarship of Rs.300/- per month. At present the benefit is extended to 5 students in the district.

(DIPR feature) 

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