Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department
Dr. V. Saroja
Social Welfare including Womens and Childrens Welfare, Orphanages and Correctional Administration, Integrated Child Development and Beggar Homes, Welfare of the Differently Abled and Social Reforms and Nutritious Noon Meal Programme
The Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu under the able guidance of the Honble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had always ensured the welfare of the poor, the down-trodden, Women, Children, Senior Citizens and trans-genders. Their health, nutrition, education, protection and development have been improved through various Social Welfare Schemes. They have also been provided with innumerable opportunities and facilities to live a dignified life.
The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu during her successive tenures had introduced a number of novel schemes which have won for the State of Tamil Nadu accolades and appreciation of the entire nation including dignitaries from many parts of the world.
The area specific programmes introduced by her have warded off a number of social evils, vouching the secured well being of vulnerable sections of the society. Equitable and universal distribution of government resources for perpetuating accelerated growth of the entire society into a healthy and prosperous Human resource base, ensures a life mutually comfortable.
At an era where both men and women are forced to take up employment to make both ends meet, innumerable opportunities and financial assistance schemes have been provided to women for increasing their literacy levels by pursuing higher education and securing good employment opportunities.
The empowerment and improvement of social status of women, is the prime motto in the planning and execution of all special initiatives unveiled by the Honourable Chief Minister. The flagship schemes such as Girl Child Protection Scheme, higher scale of assistance for graduates along with 4 grams of gold coin for making Thirumangalyam, Avvaiyar award for exemplary service by women, introduction of 13 varieties of Nutritious Meal with 4 sets of uniform, the multi-pronged actions proposed to prevent crime perpetrated on gullible women and defenseless children, are all schemes introduced for the protection and development of women and children.
The Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department implements the welfare schemes through the Directorates of Social Welfare, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Directorate of Social Defence. Further, this Department implements Social Security Pension Schemes through Revenue Department as nodal agency. This Department apart from extending many services to women and children, also extends its helping hand to Transgenders.
This Department has formulated social Security Pension Schemes for the vulnerable sections of the society who want to lead an honourable life like the senior citizens, widows, deserted women, incapacitated poor unmarried women, Destitute differently abled persons and destitute agricultural labourers and implements them through the Revenue department.
Social Welfare Department implements various Marriage Assistance Schemes, maintains working women hostels working women, maintains Service Homes for the benefit of the destitute women who need safety and shelter. This Department is also implementing the Girl Child Protection Schemes, effectively.
To cap all these schemes, this Department has introduced a scheme for providing gold coin for making Thirumangalyam to poor girls with effect from 17.05.2011. By this scheme, all the categories of women who obtain marriage assistance through various schemes are given 4 gram gold coin of 22 carat, along with the marriage assistance amount of 25,000/- More over the Marriage assistance for Degree/Diploma holders have been raised from 25,000/- to 50,000/- and they are also given 4 gm gold coin for making Thirumangalyam.
Integrated Child Protection Scheme has been introduced with the high goal that all the children of the society should be well cared for.
In order to ensure the welfare of elderly people, widows, Differently abled and other vulnerable sections of the society, the Government have enhanced their monthly pension from 500/- to 1000/- per month. Further the Government have constructed Integrated complex of Special Homes in 64 Rural Blocks, 2 each in 32 Districts as a pilot initiative. Destitute children and Aged persons are given food and shelter in these integrated complexes.
This department has enacted various Acts and framed Rules to safeguard the interests of the Senior citizen, women and children, which are implemented effectively. Rules have been framed and notified under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, Dowry Prohibition Act and Prevention of women from domestic violence Act. These Acts give safety and security to the Senior citizen and the women affected by domestic violence.
This Government is interested in the welfare of Transgenders and have formulated various welfare schemes for the Transgenders enabling them to move in the society with their heads held high due to the introduction of schemes like sanction of margin money and sanction of bank loan which are implemented through the Transgenders Welfare Board.
Under the noble leadership of our Honble Chief Minister, the Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department is extending its best and special services to the children, women, Senior citizen and other vulnerable sections of society to secure economic development, equality, social rights and social justice.