Imphal, the 26th April, 2018 (DIPR): The Department of Social Welfare, Manipur provides welfare programmes and services towards realizing goals and objectives of the Social Welfare especially for weaker sections of the Society through its five major heads namely Welfare of Disabled, Child Welfare, Women’s Welfare, Welfare of Aged, Infirm & Destitute and Social Defense (Prohibition and Compensatory Justice).
This was conveyed to the media persons today by Smt. Jacintha Lazarus, Director of Social Welfare, Manipur in the Series of Press Conference of Head of Departments for highlighting the activities and achievements held at DIPR complex, Moirangkhom, Imphal.
The Social Welfare Department launched various welfare schemes and programmes in the year 2017-18 which includes Chief Ministergi Shotharabasingi Tengbang (CMST), Construction & Up-gradation of Anganwadi Centres/Building, One Stop Centre (Sakhi), toll-free 24 hours Women Help-Line no. (181), Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).
CMST was launched as an umbrella scheme on 3rd December, 2017 i.e. International Day on Persons with Disabilities with an aim for providing the needed care, assistance and dignity to the persons with disabilities, the aged homeless persons and their care-givers. Till date, the Department is extending care-giver allowance @Rs. 1500/- per month to the 2231 persons with disabilities with high support needs, scholarship@ Rs. 3000/- to 8000/- per annum to 90 students with disabilities, free travel & concession to 575 Persons with disabilities and 282 homeless older persons. The Department is also in the process of identifying more number of deserving beneficiaries for providing the benefits under these schemes.
The Social Welfare Department in collaboration with Health Department, Manipur and Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India conducted 13 (thirteen) Nos. of Assessment cum Identification camps for issuance of Disability Certificates in all Districts and identified 2650 Nos. of persons with disabilities for facilitation of disability certificates and 1519 Nos. of persons with disabilities for providing suitable Aids & Appliances like wheel chair, tricycle, crutch, white cane, hearing aids etc. which was provided on 24th of March.
The Anganwadi Centres functioning in the state are provided to have its own building in a phase-wise manner. Anganwadi building construction which has been taken place under 5th phase 1000 centres are under progress and for 6th phase, 1000 sanctioned by the Ministry foundation stone has been laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi.
Briefing the media regarding ICDS-Supplementary Nutrition Programme, Director exclaimed that nutrition for children have been regularly provided to the children of Anganwadi centres through methods approved by the Ministry. Nutrition is provided to Anganwadi centres in two methods –meals in the form of rice, dal and vegetables or it can be provided as supplementary nutrition packets. The packets are provided to the Anganwadi centres, she added. Rice under WBNP: 10352 MTs of rice for 6 months has been lifted as 1st instalment and 2nd instalment are already distributed. Due to stay in the court for lifting of rice the 3rd qtr rice is not yet lifted. In lieu of this, energy dense food fortified with micro nutrient is provided in the form of Weaning food, Rice and pulses & Kheer (Sangom). As such, there is no issue of not providing nutrition to the children of the Anganwadi centres since it has been provided in either of the means, stated Lazarus.
Under the Department, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), a scheme for pregnant mothers is the first scheme which was launched through Public Financial Management System (PFMS) generated funds. At present, 4588 beneficiaries are approved and funds transferred for this scheme.
Director, Social Welfare also informed that pertaining to Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAP), the Department has taken up all necessary action plans for implementation of “Door step delivery of old Age pension. In consultation with Convener, Level Bankers Committee(SLBC) and as per decision taken in the Review Meeting on Doorstep delivery of Old Age Pension chaired by the Chief Minister, Manipur instruction has been given to all bank branches to issue Rupay card to those beneficiaries who don’t have either Ru-Pay card or ATM card. IGNOAP Pension has been paid till September 2016, and fund for 18 months payment till March 2018 will soon be paid through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). For Manipur Old Age Pension scheme, total no of pensioners identified are 45905 beneficiaries. Fund release for 2017-18 is under process, stated Jacintha Lazarus.
As Department of Social Welfare, through its various schemes is intertwined with person’s entire life Cycle, Director seeks support, suggestions and cooperation from all to efficiently reach out to all deserving people as well as to continue working for the welfare of all.
The Press conference was attended by State Coordinator for Women Resource Centre, Smt Surrender A. Shishak, Deputy Director, Training Smt. K Saroja, Director, IPR H. Balkrisna Singh and moderated by Joint Director, IPR W. Phajatombi Devi.