District Social Welfare Office
About the organization
The Department of Women and Child Development in Odisha was formed in the Year of 1994 as the Nodal Department for implementing schemes related to the holistic growth and Development of vulnerable sections of the population. The Department has an extensive field structure with the district Social Welfare Officer (DSWO). Programme implementation at Block level facilitated by Child. Development Project Officers (CDPO), Supervisors, who look after 20-25 Anganwadi Centres (AWC) which are in one sector and each Project was divided in to 5-6 nos. of Sectors. Each AWC covered a population of 800 in the non-tribal areas and 300 in the tribal areas and run by an Anganwadi worker (AWW) assisted by an Anganwadi Helper (AWH). Apart from this left out areas are provided by Mini Anganwadi Centre covering a population of 150-400 in tribal areas and 150-300 in rural areas.
The activities of the Department are supported by financial outlays in the Non Plan and Plan Budget of the State Government supplemented by the grants-in-aid received from the Central Government through the Ministry of Women and Child Development; Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ministry of Rural Development under a number of Central Sector Schemes.
District Social Welfare Office,
Phone No. : 06852-251308
Details of Programmes and Schemes:-
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in India is the world’s largest integrated early childhood programme and Odisha has around 71,000 sanctioned centers which provide the services throughout the State.
ICDS was launched in 1975 with the following objectives:
- Improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years.
- Lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child.
- Reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity a malnutrition.
- Achieve effective coordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development.
- Enhance the capability of the mother/care giver to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.
ICDS Beneficiaries and Services
To achieve the above objectives, a package of six integrated services is provided in a comprehensive manner to meet the multi-dimensional and interrelated needs of the children. The Anganwadi Centre forms the focal point for the delivery of these services.
|Supplementary Nutrition||Children below 6 years and Pregnant Et Lactating Women||AWW|
|Immunization||Children below 6 years and Pregnant Women (PW)||ANM / MO|
|Health Checkup||Children below 6 years and Pregnant Et Lactating Women||ANM/MO/AWW|
|Referral Services||Children below 6 years and Pregnant Et Lactating Women||AWW/ANM/MO|
|Pre-School Education||Children 3-6 years||AWW|
|Nutrition & Health Education||Adolescent Girls & Women (15-45 years)||AWW/ANM/ASHA|
The District Collector heads the ICDS Co-ordination Committee which should meet every month to discuss issues related to ICDS. Sub-Collectors are the Chairpersons of ICDS who provide support and guidance through reviews. At the village level, ward members, Jaanch Committee and Mothers Committee are involved in implementation and monitoring of the various activities.
Supplementary Nutrition Programme:
With a view to improve the health and nutritional status of children below the age of 6 month to 6 years, Pregnant women and Lactating mothers, the Supplementary Nutrition Programme is considered as one of the most important components of the ICDS programme. Under the scheme, supplementary Nutrition is provided for a period of 300 days a year to children below 6 years and pregnant and lactating women.
In purchase of the orders of the Honorable Supreme Court in WPC 196/2001, Government of Odisha has decentralized procurement of all foodstuff except rice (which is issued by central government) to the village level throughout the state. Hot Cooked Meal. The GOI has fixed the per beneficiary cost, calorie and protein norm to be maintained across the states.
|Type||Eggs/Rasi Laddo||Entitlement of ingredients per day (gms)||Total quantity of ingredients to be used in preparation of chhatua Amount in 15 days (color coded packet)||Net quantity of Chhatua per packet (after allowing 15% processing loss)||Calorie (K. Cal)||Protein (gms)||Cost (in)|
|6 months to 3 Years||Two boiled eggs per week||16||2 Kg||1.7 Kg||631||21||6|
|Pregnant Women & lactating Mother||Two Boiled eggs per week||200||2.5 Kg||2.125 Kg||781||27||7|
|Severely Malnourished Children (6 months to 3 yrs)||Two boiled eggs per week and on packet of Rasi Ladoo of 100 gms weight once in a month||240||3 Kg||2.550 Kg||950.60||31.3||9|
|Severely Malnourished Children (3 yrs to 6 Years)||One packet of Rasi Ladoo of 100 Gms weight once in a month||80||2 Kg Once a Month||1.7 Kg||329||10.3||3|
Hot cook meal
Weighing and growth monitoring of children and counseling of mothers / caregivers by AWWs.
- Each child in the age group of 0-5 years must be weighed at least once every month and plotted in the WHO New Growth Standards register.
- If the growth trajectory is in green zone and above, the AWW must appreciate the mother/caregiver and advise her to maintain the feeding and hygienic practices which she has been following.
Pre-school Education is a crucial component of the package of services envisaged under the ICDS Scheme. It aims at universalization and qualitative improvement of primary education, by providing the child with the necessary preparation for primary school, especially in remote and socio-economically backward areas. It brings young children together at the Anganwadi Centre, where different activities relating to physical, cognitive, social, emotional, creative development of children are facilitated by the Anganwadi Worker. All children aged 3-5 years come under the ambit of pre-school education.” Nua Arunima Karyakram” was started for pre-school in the AWC. Pre-School kits were supplied to AWCs every year to support the pre-school activities.
During health check-ups, home visits and growth monitoring, sick or malnourished children, SAM children , at risk pregnant women and neonates in need of prompt medical attention are provided referral services through ICDS. The AWWs are also oriented to detect disabilities in young children and all such cases are referred to the Medical Officers. The effectiveness of this service depends on timely action, co-operation from health functionaries and the willingness of families to avail these services.
Immunization of infants and children against six vaccine-preventable diseases protect children from – poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertusis, tetanus, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis and measles. These are major preventable causes of child mortality, disability, morbidity and related malnutrition. Immunization of pregnant women against tetanus reduces maternal and neonatal mortality. The fixed immunization day for our State is Wednesday . The AWW assists the health functionaries in coverage of the target population for immunization. She helps in the organization of fixed-day immunization sessions, maintains the immunization register and follows up to ensure full coverage.
Health Check-up includes:-
- Ante-natal care of all pregnant women
- Post-natal care of nursing mothers and care of the new born and
- Care of children less than six years of age.
Various health services provided to the children by the Anganwadi Worker include the following – Regular health check-ups, recording of weight, management of malnutrition, Identification of Severe Acute malnourished children(SAM), treatment of diarrhoea, de-worming and distribution of medicines particularly on Village Health & Nutrition Day .
Nutrition and Health Education:
Nutrition and Health Education (NHED.) Nutrition and Health Education (NHED) forms one of the key elements of the ICDS programmes. Women in the age group of 15-45 years should be given information on their health, nutrition and developmental needs. These are imparted through counseling sessions during home visits, fixed immunization days, VHND (Mamta Diwas), mothers meetings, Gram Sabha and during the panchayat meetings in the community.
It is a joint initiative to strengthen the ongoing Mother and Child Health Services by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and DWCD. This is held throughout the State at AWCs once in a month either on Tuesday or Friday to provide the following services:
- Health Promotion of Adolescent Girls
- Ante Natal Care and Post Natal Care services for pregnant women & lactating mothers
- Promotion of Infant and Young Child Feeding practices
- Growth Monitoring of children up to 6 years
- Identification, referral and follow-up of SAM & Malnourished children
- Management of common childhood illnesses 71,1
- Family Welfare services
Counseling on Health Promotion
- To provide essential and comprehensive health and nutrition services to pregnant women, lactating mothers, children (0-5 yrs) and adolescent girls, underweight children, SAM children.
- To ensure early registration, identification and referral of high-risk children and pregnant women.
- To provide an effective platform for interaction between service providers and the community (through Gaon Kalyan Samiti or the mother’s group)
- To provide information to families on the care of mothers and children at the household and community level through discussion of various health topics (as envisaged in the Health Calendar).
- To ensure establishment of linkage between health & ICDS to promote maternal & child survival programmes
Nutrition Operation Plan:
The Nutrition Operational Plan (NOP) supported by DFID (Department for International Development) has emerged as an evidence based plan to accelerate the pace of underweight reduction in Odisha.Nutrition Operation Plan focuses on the 15 ‘High Burden’ districts of Odisha viz. Angul, Bhadrak, Bolangir, Guajarati, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur and Sundargarh.
Bring down malnutrition from current level of the children by four years.
- Underweight from 41 percent to 25 percent focusing on Scheduled Tribe with an average annual reduction of 3.5 percent.
- Stunting from 45 percent to 35 percent with an average annual reduction of 2.5 percent iii)Wasting from 20 percent to 10 percent with an average annual reduction of 2.5 percent.
Details of the Scheme:
A State Government Conditional cash transfer Maternity Benefit Scheme for Pregnant and Lactating Mothers called “ MAMATA”. The Scheme will provide monetary support to the Pregnant and Lactating Women which will enable them to seek improved nutrition and promote health seeking behavior. The beneficiary will receive a total incentive of Rs. 5000/- by e-transfer from the CDPO to the beneficiary account. With a objective that they are able to rest adequately during their pregnancy and after delivery.
Forms and procedure to apply :
To avail the benefits under the Scheme, a pregnant women has to register herself at the AWC/ Mini AWC to which she belongs.
- All such eligible women should open a bank account with her own name in a bank which has care banking facility.
- Most give a photo copy of the first page of the bank passbook and 2 copies of self-declaration from with two photograph & first page of MCP Card.
Whom to contact :-
For Registration a beneficiary first contact to AWW of her own village AWC. As the AWW will sponsoring her name to the CDPO. If a benf will not get her entitlement with in due time. She can contacts with ICDS, Supervisors, CDPo at Project Level. Also a Grievance, Helpline, Maintained at District Level.
Pregnant & Lactating Women of 19 Years of age and above for the first two live births, except all Government/ Public Sector undertakings (Central and State) employees and their wives will be covered.
Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent girls(RGSEAG)
Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG) SABLA The scheme aims at covering all out-of-school Adolescent Girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years who would assemble at the Anganwadi Centre on a fixed day at regular interval. The others, i.e., school-going girls, meet at the AWC at least twice a month, and more frequently (once a week) during vacations/holidays. Here they receive life skills education, nutrition and health education, awareness about socio-legal issues, etc. This provides an opportunity for mixed group interaction between school-going and out-of-school girls, motivating the latter to also join school and help the school going to receive the life skills. This scheme mainly aims at reducing the dropout rate of Adolescent Girls by increasing their literacy rate and work participation.
- Enable the Adolescent Girls for self-development and empowerment.
- Improve their nutrition and health status.
- Promote awareness about health, hygiene, nutrition, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) and family and child care.
- Upgrade their home-based skills, life skills and tie up with National Skill Development Programmes (NSDP) for vocational skills.
- Mainstream out of school AGs into formal/non formal education.
- Provide information/guidance about existing public services such as PHC, CHC, Post Office, Bank, and Police Station.
- To provide immediate shelter, food, clothing and care to women in crisis.
- To arrange for specific clinical, legal support in coordination with Local/ State administration.
- To coordinate in rehabilitating women in crisis.
- Widows deserted by their families and relatives.
- Women prisoners not accepted by the families.
- Women survivors of natural calamity.
- Trafficked women/girls rescued from brothels.
- Women victims of terrorist violence.
- Mentally challenged women.
- Women with HIV/AIDS & deserted by their family.
- Any other category of women who are in distress. The detailed list of Swadhar Shelter Homes in the State .
Facilities provided in the Swadhar Shelter Homes
- Provision for food, shelter and clothing for the women and their children below the age of 18 years free of cost.
- Counselling for the women in difficult circumstances.
- Clinical, Legal and other support for women in difficult circumstances.
- Training for the economic empowerment and rehabilitation of such women.
- Helpline facilities.
- To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilisation and involvement of local communities, awareness programmes, workshops/seminars and other innovative activity.
- To facilitate the rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation and place them in safe custody.
- To provide rehabilitation services, both immediate and long-term to the victims by providing basic amenities/needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment including counselling, legal aid and guidance and vocational training.
- To facilitate the reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large.
- To facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin
Women and children who are vulnerable to trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.
The contact details of the Helpline at the office of the Principal Resident Commissioner in Odisha Bhawan, New Delhi is as follows:-
Tel – 011 24679201 (Ext 4003), 011-23792002 (Direct)
Fax – 011-23010839/23013135
e-mail – rcodisha[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in / rc[dot]odisha[at]gmail[dot]com / rescm-or[at]nic[dot]in
Prohibition of Child Marriage:
The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 is an act to provide for the prohibition of solemnization of child marriages and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Child means a person , if male, has not completed twenty-one years of age and if female, has not completed eighteen years of age.
Duties and functions of Child Marriage Prohibition Officer:-
- To act immediately upon any information of the solemnization of any child marriage that may be received through any mode of communication including writing or oral i.e. through a letter, telephone, telegram, e-mail, etc. or by any other means to initiate all necessary action.
- To furnish quarterly return and statistics to the Chief Child Marriage Prohibition Officer in Form I.
- To file petition for annulling a child marriage in the district court, if the petitioner is a minor.
- To file petition before the district court to pay maintenance to the female contracting party of the marriage until her re-marriage.
- To file the petition to the district court for the custody and maintenance of children of the child marriage.
Detail about the Scheme :
Empowerment of women is one of the key development initiatives identified by the Government of Odisha. As such helping women to achieve economic independence by enabling them to have independent employment and income has been accorded the highest priority.Promotion of Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) has therefore been adopted as a key strategy for achieving women’s empowerment. For upliftment of WSHGs different Schemes like Micro Credit Support, Seed Money, Financial Assistance to BLF & Drudgery Reduction were completed.
- Formation, gradation and promotion of Self Help Groups.
- Establishment of Bank linkage of WSHGs.
- Financial Assistance to WSHGs.
- Imparting Training for complete Management of WSHGs.
- Strengthening and capacity building training to WSHGs.
- Conducting Exposure visits to WSHGs.
- Skill based Training, Market Linkage & Credit linkage based on key activities.
- Production, Promotion & Marketing of products of WSHGs
Women Self-help groups.
All WSHGs operating inside the State.
Developmental Programmes of Mission Shakti
Successfully Implementation of -MAMATA Scheme – A case in point
Asserting that Mamata scheme has been proved to be one of the most successful Cash Transfer Schemes for pregnant women (above 19 years). It got observed that Anganwadi Centre Barandi-1 of ICDS Project, Kotpad executing the scheme with good efficiency. Health practices during pregnancy as well as new born baby care with all immunisation services has been ensured. Also it has got a good impact on women in terms of operation of bank account on not only in respect to MAMATA Scheme but also after it was used to MGNREGA & several others. Implementation of Mamata scheme has put considerable impact on reduction of IMR, MMR and improvement of health status among tribal women and asserted that empowerment of women would have better accelerated impact on the social & economical implications.
AWC Barandi had remarkably witnessed significant improvement in health status of Mothers & Infants after lunching of Mamata Scheme. Data says from (April’2013 to Feb’2014) in Kotpad block.