Social Welfare Department

The Social Welfare Department was formed on 9 September1975 for the implementation of social welfare programmes and services in Kerala. With the concept of a Welfare State underpinning its socioeconomic development plans, the State is dutybound to provide welfare services to the weaker sections of its population. The Department initiates and implements welfare programmes and services for women in need and distress, differently abled and mentally challenged persons, women and children, destitutes, orphans and neglected street children, and provides social security for the aged and destitute through a network of organisations, residential institutions and non-institutional schemes. The Social Welfare Directorate under the Department is the nodal agency for implementing the schemes of the State Government and various schemes of the Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development. Apart from this, social justice and empowerment schemes run by nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) for the welfare of disabled and destitute women, aged and children are supported by the Directorate. The Social Welfare Department also ensures proper implementation of important welfare legislations such as the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000; the Dowry Prohibition Act 1958 ; the Probation of Offender’s Act; the Domestic Violence Act 2005; and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1986; and Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act 2007 through the Social Welfare Directorate. Tassistance to the differently abled for aids and appliances, and scholarships and pensions to the needy in the State. In addition, it promotes flagship programmes for women and creates general awareness among the public about its welfare measures.

Transfer of functions:

With the implementation of the Panchayati Raj system and decentralization of functions and powers, the following functions of the Social Welfare Department have been transferred to local bodies such as Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations.
Block Panchayats

Running of social welfare institutions other than in Municipalities and Corporations.

Grama panchayats

Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP).

Monitoring and supervision of Anganwadi Centers at the panchayat level.

Construction of Anganwadi buildings.

Municipalities and Corporations.

Construction of Anganwadi buildings.

Supplementary Nutrition Programme.

Monitoring of functioning of Anganwadi Centre.

Running of social welfare institutions in Municipalities and corporations.

Arms of the Social Welfare Department

Directorate of Social Welfare.(SWD)

Kerala Social Security Mission. (KSSM)

National Institute of Speech and Hearing.( NISH)

Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation. (KSWDC)

Kerala State Handicapped Persons’ Welfare Corporation

Kerala State Women’s Commission

Kerala State Social Welfare Board

Commissionerate of Persons with Disabilities

Kerala State Council for Child Welfare.



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