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Programmes for Women’s Welfare and Development

Scheme / Component

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Eligibility / Target Beneficiary

ICDS – Supplementary Nutrition Programme

The Supplementary Nutrition Programme aims to provide supplementary feeding and growth monitoring, preventive action against iron deficiency and control of nutritional anaemia to the beneficiary group which includes pregnant women and lactating mothers. The programme provides supplementary feeding for pregnant women and nursing mothers in order to bridge the nutrition gap between the recommended dietary allowance and actual dietary intake in the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are supplied with take home rations (fortified food) which can be collected from the Anganwadi centre once a month on an allocated day.

Pregnant and Lactating women

ICDS – Nutrition and Health Education

Under the ICDS programme, the Nutrition and Health Education (NHE) service is aimed to build capacity of mothers and community to better meet the health and nutrition needs of children, pregnant and lactating mothers within the family environment. The key target audience for NHE is all women aged between 15 and 49 in the AWC jurisdiction.

NHE sessions are imparted by using different methods that include regular Mothers meetings, health education camps / meetings and village health days held by the health department, use of mass media and other forms of publicity, demonstration of healthy locally available food ingredients / cooking different low cost recipes, special campaigns, short term courses on nutrition and cooking for women and adolescent girls by mobile vans of community food and nutrition extension units and home visits by the Anganwadi workers. Such education in areas of health, nutrition, development needs for children and family helps to promote antenatal care, maternal and child health, enhance child survival and development.

Mothers and community women aged between 15 and 49

ICDS – Health Referral

Under the ICDS scheme, the Anganwadi Worker is expected to refer children and women who need immediate medical care to the nearest Sub-centre, PHC or CHC using a prescribed Referral Slip. Referral Services include provision of immediate medical care according to the seriousness of disease as well as follow-up care of treated cases. The health department will provide transportation facilities for the patients in case it is not available or the family is not able to afford it

All Women

ICDS – Immunisation

Immunisation is one of the health related services provided through ICDS. This service is delivered in coordination with Health and Family Welfare as part of the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) Programme. Under this service, pregnant women are given 2 doses of Tetanus Toxoid (TT).

For conducting immunisation under ICDS, the beneficiaries are registered by the Anganwadi worker/Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and administered the immunisation doses as per schedule.

Pregnant women

ICDS – Health Check-up

Regular health check ups are conducted by the Officer in-charge of the PHC once every quarter and by the ANM in-charge of the Sub-centre each month for all pregnant and lactating women under the RCH programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI. The check-ups are conducted at the Anganwadi centre (AWC) This service covers ante-natal care of expectant mothers and post-natal care for nursing mothers.

Under ante-natal services, the beneficiaries are entitled to three check ups, which include a complete physical examination, and are provided with IFA supplement tablets for 100 days. Their records are maintained in Mother-Child cards and they are also given information on diet, rest and other aspects regarding pregnancy.

Under post-natal services, nursing mothers are visited twice by health staff within 10 days of giving birth. Records of the child and family are kept and children at risk are referred to health officials. The lactating mother is given information on family planning methods and registered to receive supplementary nutrition.

Pregnant and nursing women

Stree Shakti

The programme is designed to provide special impetus to the economic and social empowerment of rural women in the State through the formation of self help groups (SHGs). It aims to make them self reliant through the habit of savings and proper utilisation of financial resources.

About 15 to 20 women join together to form one Self Help Group (SHG). The SHGs conduct regular meetings and pool their savings. The Government also provides funding to each group. The SHG members are given training on various aspects such as gender issues, leadership qualities, communication skills, book keeping, credit management and social issues. They are encouraged to take up income generating activities utilising their savings and training and through getting bank loans and provide opportunities to get the benefit of the Development work of various Department.

Rural Women belong to BPL families, landless agricultural labourers, SC/ST’s

Kishori Shakti Yojana

Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) seeks to empower adolescent girls, so as to enable them to take charge of their lives. The broad objectives of the scheme are to improve the nutritional, health and development status of adolescent girls, promote awareness of health, hygiene, nutrition and family care, link them to opportunities for learning life skills, going back to school, help them gain a better understanding of their social environment and take initiatives to become productive members of the society.

Under this programme, every year 180 adolescent girls will be provided 5 days residential training and 2 adolescent in each Anganwadi centre will be given supplementary nutritious food for 6 months

Adolescent girls (from a BPL family, uneducated or school dropout, anaemic)

Nutrition programme for adolescent girls (NPAG)

Nutrition programme for adolescent girls (NPAG) is a Government of India scheme through which special nutrition is provided to undernourished adolescent girls. Adolescent girls who weigh below 30 kgs, in the age group of 11-15 years and 35 kgs in the age group of 16-19 years are identified and 6 kgs of rice is distributed every month through fair price shops to identified card holders. It is currently running on a pilot basis in three districts – Kolar, Chikballapur and Gulbarga

Adolescent girls are less than 30 Kgs in 11 to 15 age group and less than 35 Kgs in the 16 to 19 age group


This scheme was launched to provide legal assistance, temporary shelter, financial relief, training and rehabilitation to women who are victims of various atrocities such as dowry, rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence etc. Santhwana centres are run through NGO’s and each centre is provided with a toll free number 1091. The help line receives calls from women in distress round the clock. Facilities and rehabilitative services are provided to such women as per the recommendations of the District Level Committee depending on the merits of the case. If the woman is in immediate need of financial help an amount ranging from Rs. 2000/- to a maximum of Rs. 10,000/- is sanctioned as financial relief. At present 130 Santhwana Centres are functioning in the state in 101 taluks in l 29 districts

Women who are victims of various atrocities

Karnataka Mahila Abhivruddhi Yojane

This scheme marks a conscious effort by the Government to address gender issues. It aims to ensure gender equality and to integrate women in the mainstream of development. This women component plan earmarks one third of resources for women in individual beneficiary oriented schemes and labour intensive schemes of various Government departments.

Women who are BPL

Financial Assistance to run hostels for girls from rural areas

This scheme aims to enable girls from rural areas to avail facilities for higher education. A maintenance grant of Rs.500/-p.m. per boarder and expenses towards the salary of staff, rent, contingencies, etc. are met as prescribed by the government.

At present 42 girls hostels are run by identified NGO’s, of which 24 hostels are for students studying in 6th & above classes. & 18 are post-matric hostels.

Students residing in rural areas, with family income < Rs. 10,000 p.a. and studying from 6th Std. onwards in institutions run by NGOs recognized by GoK

Special Cell For eradication of Social Evils

A Special cell is created in the directorate to create awareness regarding the practice of various social evils such as dowry, child marriage, domestic violence, atrocities on women etc. in the society. Awareness programmes are conducted in the districts in co-ordination with NGOs.

Victims of social evils and atrocities relating to women and children and also to general public, SHG members.

Financial assistance to women law graduates

Financial assistance is given to women law graduates to undergo administrative training in law. Women law graduates whose family income does not exceed Rs. 40,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the assistance. An amount of Rs. 1,000/- month is given for a period of 4 years. In addition to this, Rs 500/- is given for purchase of essential books pertaining to law and Rs. 460/- is given to register their names in the bar council.

Women law graduates whose family income does not exceed Rs. 40,000/- per annum

Scheme Of Assistance For the Construction/ Expansion Of Hostel Building For Working Women (GoI)

The objective of this scheme is to provide cheap and safe hostel accommodation to working women living out of their homes and to provide accommodation to women being trained for employment and girl students studying in professional courses, provided the training period does not exceed one year. The Government of India provides financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the estimated cost for the construction/expansion of the hostel for working women run by registered voluntary organisations working for the welfare of women and the state Government provides 12.5% of the estimated cost and the remaining 12.5% of the total construction costs is borne by the organization.

76 Working Women's Hostels have been sanctioned for providing accommodation to 2342 women, 66 hostels have been constructed and 2 buildings are under construction.

Working women living away from homes. Income should not exceed Rs. 16,000/- p.m. in A-Class cities and Rs.15,000/- p.m. in other places

Short Stay Homes For Women And Girls (GoI)

The objective of this scheme is to provide temporary shelter and support to women and girls who have no social support systems to rely on and to rehabilitate women and girls socially and economically by provision of skill training and counselling. The services extended in these Homes include medical care, case work services, occupational therapy, education- cum- vocational training and recreational facilities.

Financial assistance is provided to institutions/organizations with experience in running Social Defence Programmes. The Government of India provides a recurring grant in two instalments, in addition to a one time non-recurring grant issued when a new short stay home is instituted. The implementation of this scheme has been transferred to the Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB), which will sanction admissible grants to homes. However, the Department of Women and Child Development would deal with all the policy matters of the scheme

Women and girls who have no social support systems to rely on or in need of rehabilitation

Scheme of Assistance for prevention of alcoholism & substance (Drug) abuse and for social defence services

The objective of this scheme is to create awareness and educate the people about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the individual, the family and the society at large, to evolve culture-specific models for the prevention of alcoholism and substance and the treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, to provide community based services for the identification, motivation, counselling, de-addiction, after care and rehabilitation of addicts and to promote collective initiatives and self-held endeavours among individuals and groups vulnerable to addiction or found at risk and to increase community participation.

90% grants are sanctioned by Government of India and 10% grants are borne by the organisation. GoI has sanctioned 31 de-addiction cum rehabilitation centres, of which 30 are functioning in the state.

Individual, family & society addicted to drugs are the beneficiaries

A registered voluntary organization existing for at least 3 years. It should be engaged in the field of drug eradication, treatment and rehabilitation activities for minimum of 2 years

Swadhar (GOI)

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 services provided include provision for food, clothing, shelter, health care, counselling and legal support, social and economic rehabilitation through education, awareness generation and skill upgradation.

The scheme is implemented through voluntary organisations provided they have the required experience and expertise in the rehabilitation of such women. The scheme also supports a help line for women in distress, counselling centre, training centre and medical centre. Assistance is provided for purchase of land for setting up a centre, construction of buildings for the centre, building rent for the centre, administration and management and other recurring / non-recurring expenditure.

32 swadhar centres are sanctioned by Government of India, of which 31 are functioning in the State.

Women in difficult circumstances are the beneficiaries

A non-profit organisation with 3 years of experience after registration and has the requisite capabilities







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