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SWADHAR – A scheme for women in difficult circumstances

This is a Central sector scheme for providing holistic and integrated services to women  in difficult circumstances  such as destitute widows, women prisoners released from jail and without family support, women survivors of  natural disasters; trafficked women/girls  rescued from brothels or other places  or victims of sexual crime, mentally challenged women who are without any support etc. The package  of services made available include provision for food, clothing, shelter, health care, counselling and legal support, social and economic rehabilitation through education, awareness generation , skill upgradation. 

The scheme is implemented through voluntary organisations including Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Boards, State Women's Development Corporation, urban bodies etc., provided they have the required experience and expertise in the rehabilitation of such women. The scheme  also supports  counselling centre, training centre and medical centre.

At present, 32 swadhar centres are functioning in the State.

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