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Women and Child Development and Social Welfare
For the holistic development of the women and children and to provide support to other weaker sections of the society, the Social Welfare Branch of the Department of Relief and Welfare was elevated to the status of an independent department – Social Welfare Department – by notification no. 8491-AR dated 29.12.1992 of the Government of West Bengal. This Department has been subsequently renamed, as it is presently known, the Department of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare by notification number 82-Home(Cons) dated 07.04.2000 of the Government in the Home(C&E) Department.

Objective and Vision

As distinct from other Departments of the Government this Department intend to provide welfare services and facilities for the well being of the society in general and to the under privileged sectors of our society such as children, women, persons with disability (mental or physical), aged, orphans and victims of social maladies like vagrants, beggars, juveniles in conflict with law, women and children victims of immoral trafficking, destitute etc. in particular through different welfare programmes and services like ICDS, ICPS, SNP etc. This Department also supports and complements the efforts of other Departments in providing services and facilities towards the well being of the above mentioned weaker sections of the society. This Department acts as Nodal Department implementing various schemes of Government of India. This Department also actively cooperates with the various voluntary organizations and socal partners catering welfare services and facilities for the well being of the above mentioned weaker sections. This Department ensures proper implementation of important social legislations like Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children Act 2000), Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 etc. This Department is also working for removal of underlying causes of gender inequality through development of informal and formal norms and practices. Building of awareness for changing social attitude and community practices, on various issues of human rights is also one of the important objectives of this Department.

For the holistic development of the women and children and to provide support to other weaker sections of the society, the Social Welfare Branch of the Department of Relief and Welfare was elevated to the status of an independent department – Social Welfare Department – by notification no. 8491-AR dated 29.12.1992 of the Government of West Bengal. This Department has been subsequently renamed, as it is presently known, the Department of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare by notification number 82-Home(Cons) dated 07.04.2000 of the Government in the Home(C&E) Department.

Available Infrastructure

Office of District Social Welfare Officer and District Programme Officer are housed in respective Collectorate. For Kolkata district, Directorate headquarters accommodate the district cell. All project headquarters under ICDS are housed at rented/government building, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Government in the Department of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare are striving hard to construct as many as Anganwadi Centres for delivering quality service to the children and mothers.

Government owned Homes are spread throughout the State. Time to time Department provides fund for their good up-keep.

After setting up of Child Welfare Committees and Juvenile Justice Boards in all districts and Kolkata further infrastructure in respect of Homes and sitting arrangement of JJBs and CWCs are required to be developed.

Government of India provided funds to NGOs and statutory bodies for setting up Working Women Hostels. For Old Age Homes, a few NGOs also got fund support for construction of building from Government of India.

Departmental Policies

The West Bengal State Nutrition Strategy 2008-2017

Goal : The state shall strive to achieve optimal nutritional health for all people, especially the poorest and those in greatest need, through intersectoral collaboration.

Objectives : Reduce under-nutrition including micronutrient deficiencies particularly in women and young children as a prerequisite for good health.
Ensure uninterrupted delivery of quality nutrition services through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme in collaboration with primary health care services and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) particularly to the nutritionally vulnerable, poor and excluded groups.

Improve inter-departmental convergence to address the various factors that contribute to malnutrition, including food security and safety, access to health care, water safety, sanitation, empowerment of women, education etc.

Incentive/Subsidy Schemes

Depending upon availability of fund, Government in the Department of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare, West Bengal supported some NGOs for construction of building who have been taking proper care and imparting education to children.

Major Initiatives
STATE NUTRITION STRATEGY MONITORING UNIT

State Nutrition Strategy Monitoring Unit under Department of Women and Child Development & Social Welfare is set up during 2008-09 to implement the “The West Bengal State Nutrition Strategy”. The initial phase of the project is supported by DFID through the HSDI.

Purposes
Strengthen ICDS services, in areas of -
Management
MIS
Financial management
Procurement
Monitoring and Evaluation
Programme strengthening - focusing on Nutrition
Capacity building
Behaviour Change Communication
Programme Structure:

Key processes
Review and inform
Plan and support the process for
Change
Reform
Coordinate and facilitate
Activities
Information/ knowledge
Management Support:

ICDS MIS cell established in SNSMU to Generate evidence based decisions/ policy
Quarterly reviews of periodic analysis of MPRs & other reports
Continuous analysis of available information to spot weaknesses and lacunae
Monitoring - Field visits

Compile and collate first hand information generated through field visits by the team of SNSMU and state monitoring team of the Directorate and use the same for reviews and analysis

Quality control
Procurement processes
Pre-School kits & other accessories
Construction of AWCs
Studies / assessments
Facilitate and coordinate studies made by different line Departments and Directorate
Plan and coordinate the use of findings and recommendations of those studies to strengthen management of program from a holistic point of view
Plan for sustained nutrition inputs for the under 2s
Facilitate and co-ordinate donor / TA inputs
Programme Support:

Capacity Building
Support institutionalization of processes for continuous in-service training to all levels of ICDS functionaries
Implement state training plan � ensure training content adapted to changing needs
Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication
Development of materials, newer approaches � quality control, technical inputs
Ensure flow of reference and supply of appropriate and need-based learning materials to AWCs and other levels
Re-designing, re-producing & distributing the learning materials to the AWCs

Contact Details

Office Address: CA - 126, Sector – I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata – 700064.
Phone: 033 - 2321 2692 / 2693 / 3156
Fax: 033 – 2321 2692
Email: snsmu@rediffmail.com, wbsnsmu@gmail.com

Minister-in-Charge
Name Shri Biswanath Chowdhury
Office Address Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare
Writers’ Buildings (2nd Floor), Kolkata – 700001
Phone 033-2214 3220 (D) 2214 4782
Fax 033-2214
Email
PS to MIC Shri Nirmal Kanti Banerjee, WBCS (Exe)
033-2214 4858

Minister-in-Charge
Smt Sabitri Mitra
Address: Writers Buildings, Kolkata-1
Phone: 2214-4858,2214-3220,4782(Ext),4841(Ext)
Fax: 2214-5452

Secretary
Smt. Rinchen Tempo, IAS
Address: Secretary, Writers Buildings, Kolkata-700001
Phone: 2214 3339, 2486 5113(Res)
Fax: 2214 1565
Email: secwcdsw@wb.gov.in