There are 33 Social Welfare Boards in the Country, including the Social Welfare Board, working under the umbrella of Central Social Welfare Board. The Social Welfare Board (previously named as State Social Welfare Advisory Board) was constituted by the Government in October -1955.
The Social Welfare Board has a sanctioned strength of 15 Regular, 6 Adhoc and 2 contractual staff members. The Board office was headed by Chairperson Dr.(Prof) Nirmal Gupta till June 2018, the expenditure on the Board office establishment (except for two Contractual staff VAB cell) is met by the State Government and the Government of India through Central Social Welfare Board on 50:50 basis.Allocations of the programmes are issued by the Central Social Welfare Board every year. After receipt of allocations the Board invites applications from Voluntary Organizations of J&K UT 100% funding in respect of all schemes are made by Central Social Welfare Board. For de-centralized programme , funds are given by this Board to the V.Os and for centralized programme funds are transmitted by the CSWB to the NGOs directly. Almost all the transactions are made through e-banking.
To promote activities for the welfare, development and empowerment of women, children and disadvantaged groups e.g old aged, handicapped, destitute and others in need of welfare assistance.
To promote and support the work of voluntary organizations working for the development and empowerment of disadvantageous groups in society, and for the development of the community, particularly Women and Children and to generate resources for it.
To provide technical and financial assistance to such voluntary organizations or to other deserving institutions, including Panchyati Raj institutions, for the above stated objectives.
The Following Schemes are dealt by the Central /Social Welfare Board:
With increasing employment opportunities for women and the growing need to supplement household income, more and more women are entering the job market. With the breaking up of joint family system and the increasing number of nuclear families, working women need support in terms of quality, substitute care for their young children while they are at work. Crèche and Day Care Services are not required by working mothers but also women belonging to poor families, who require support and relief for childcare as they struggle to cope with burden of activities, within and outside the home.Under this scheme children in the age group of 0-6 years are provided Nutrition. The children are also being imparted pre-primary education through play-way method. An Expenditure of Rs. 1,51,660/- per annum is being spent on every crèche. Besides an amount of 10,000/- is also sanctioned during the first year for purchase of equipment etc. 100% expenditure on the scheme is being met by the Government of India through Central Social Welfare Board.
Under this scheme a grant of 3.20 lakh is provided to an NGO/Voluntary Organization for setting up of a Family Counseling Centre to provide counseling to women to sort out their family / matrimonial disputes. Each Family Counseling Centers is provided 2 qualified Counselors, one Typist and one Peon.
The Swadahr Greh Scheme is meant to prevent women from exploitation and support their survival and rehabilitation, the scheme of Swadhar Greh for women & girls has been introduced as social defense mechanism. There are three Swadhar Homes viz, Jammu, Karnah, and Tangmarg Baramulla. Swadhar Greh at Karnah Kupwara is being monitored by District Administration under the close guidance of Social Welfare Board and other two Swadhar Greh Homes are being run by NGO namely ASHI (Association for Social Health in India) at Neha Ghar Jammu & Rahat Ghar , at Tangmarg, Baramulla run by Guild of Services, the total Budgetary provision for running Swadhar Greh is Rs14.54 per annum on 90% (Central Share) : 10% J&K Govt. Share basis. The funds are received through administrative department (J&K Social Welfare Department) which receives the Central Share from the Ministry Women & Child Development G.O.I.