Women

 
 

This programme under the Life Insurance Corporation's Social group scheme provides insurance coverage to Anganwadi workers and helpers. The schemes which began in April 2004 is optional for the Anganwadi workers and helpers.The total annual premium per member is Rs.280/-. Of which, Rs.200/- is for the Janashree Bima Yojana and Rs.80/- for critical illness benefit.

 

The share of premium from various sources is:-

  • LIC's Social Security Fund – Rs.100/-.
  • Individual Insured - Rs.80/- (This was waived for two years from 2007-09)
 

Salient features of the Scheme are:

  • Applicable to persons aged from 18-60 years
  • Death other than by accident – Rs.30,000/-
  • Death due to accident – Rs.75,000/-
  • Permanent disability due to accident – Rs.75,000/-
  • Loss of both eyes and two limbs or an eye and one limb in an accident – Rs.75,000/-
  • Loss of one eye or one limb in accident – Rs.37,500/-
  • Scholarship of Rs.300/- every quarter for two children from 9th to 12th Standards
  • Critical illness, Rs.20,000/- on the occurrence of breast cancer, ovarian cancer / fallopian tube cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer...read more
 
 

ICDS training is a national initiative for quality improvement in training of ICDS functionaries to achieve improvement in the quality of early childhood care & development.The project envisages transforming approaches to the training of ICDS functionaries. It also focuses on quality and recognizes merit with rewards and incentives.The training aims to make ICDS functionaries as agents of social change instead of officials simply discharging their said duties.

 

Beneficiaries:

  • ICDS Supervisors
  • Anganwadi workers
  • Anganwadi helpers
 

Benefits:

  • Initial job training and later refresher training after completing every two years.
 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Functionaries of ICDS programme.
 

How to Avail:

  • Through 13 Anganwadi training centers & one Middle Level Trainaing Centre (MLTC), Kalamassery, Kochi...read more
 
 
A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation.
 

Objective of the scheme:

  • To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities, awareness generation prorammes, generate public discourse through workshops/ seminars and such events and any other innovative activity.
  • To facilitate 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 counseling, legal aid and guidance and vocational training.
  • To facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large.
  • To facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin...read more
 
 
To give general awareness on the rising menace of domestic violence, sexual harassment, dowry demands and to initiate a sustained campaign for creating awareness that would enable young girls and women to use the various provisions of law to defend themselves and seek remedial measures is the need of the hour in the state. Accordingly, this programme aims to overcome gender discrimination through several measures.
 

Beneficiaries:

  • All women who need help
 

Benefits:

  • Grass root level awareness programmes, media campaign, intensive training to all stake holders, providing legal aid and strengthening counseling to the victims of domestic violence, implementation of state women's policy, publicity centre cum help desk in all KSRTC bus stations and railway stations in district head quarters. Implementation of Acts like Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 etc.
 

Eligibility criteria:

  • All the indigent women.
 

How to Avail:

  • Assistance can be obtained from Social Justice Department through protection officers and through service providers accredited by the department...read more
 
 
Finishing school for women proposes to equip and upgrade the faculties and skills of women job seekers through additional training so as to make them employable. To achieve this objective the services of a number of institutions like ITIs, Engg. Colleges. IITs, Public, Private agencies etc. are used,
 

Beneficiaries:

  • Institutionalised & Non-institutionalised women job seeekers
 

Benefits:

  • Skill development
 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Women job seekers.
 

How to Avail:

  • Beneficiaries may contact the Superintendent of nearby women welfare institutions of Social Justice Department...read more
 
 
The number of women headed families in Kerala is very high. Majority of these families are living in deplorable conditions. The scheme proposes to extend a helping hand to these families by way of providing financial assistance to the education of children. This is a one-time assistance.
 

Beneficiaries:

  • Children of Women Headed Families
 

Benefits:

  • Children below 5 years & between 1st and 5th standard : Rs 300 per month
  • Between 6th & 10th standard: Rs 500 per month
  • Plus one, Plus two: Rs 750 per month
  • Degree and above :Rs 1000 per month
 

Eligibility criteria:

  • BPL Family - (HIV/AIDS affected persons, socially discriminated persons, war widows etc are eligible irrespective of their BPL status)
  • Only two children of a family are eligible
  • The child who avail any other scholarship is not eligible for the assistance. A certificate to this has to be obtained from the head of educational institution where the child studies
 

How to Avail:

  • The applications are collected by Child Development Project Officers through Anganwadi Workers and will be forwarded to the District Social Justice Offices...read more
 
 
The training is being imparted to inmates of welfare institutions to develop skills in saree designing embroidery, making of carry/ Rexene/paper bags, office stationary etc. This job oriented training programme is implemented through STED. This has enabled the women inmates to make productive use of their time as well as to generate an income for their own personal needs.
 

Beneficiaries:

  • Inmates of welfare institutions.
 

Benefits:

  • Acquiring skills in saree designing embroidery, making of carry/ rexene/paper bags, office stationary etc
 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Inmates of welfare institutions and other indigent women of neighbouring community
 

How to Avail:

  • Beneficiaries may contact the Superintendent of nearby welfare institutions of Social Justice Department...read more
 
 
HIV-control strategies in Kerala got a fillip with the Social Justice Directorate's scheme in December 2008 to provide nutrition supplements to women and children living with HIV.Good nutrition is a vital component of HIV control and care strategies because malnourishment can worsen the effect of HIV and speed up the rapid progression of the infection to AIDS. A majority of people living with HIV/AIDS are from economically backward families and their nutrition status is poor. Those infected with HIV have a low immune status, which makes them extremely vulnerable to other infections. Loss of appetite also often results in a severe loss of weight, contributing to their dangerof contracting diseases. This programme drawn up by the Social Justice Department provides nutrition support to such women and children. Initially 2,800 women and children, who are registered in Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) clinics and Link ART clinics run by the Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS) are being provided nutritional supplements.

 

An estimated Rs. 49.6 lakh is being spent on the programme, which supplies a food mix in keeping with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. The nutritional mix is supplied by Kudumbasree units, thereby providing a source of income to the women in them. This pilot programme now focuses on women and children and the plan is to later scale it up to include all HIV-positive persons in the State...read more

 
 
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, notified by the Central Government, came into effect from 26 October 2006. It is basically meant to provide protection to a wife or female live-in partner from violence at the hands of the husband or a male live-in-partner or his relatives. Domestic violence under the Act includes actual abuse or the threat of abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal emotional or economic. Harassment by way of dowry demands are also covered under the definition of domestic violence...read more
 
 

In July 2004, the State Government amended the Kerala Dowry Prohibition Act of 1961 by superseding the Kerala Dowry Prohibition Rules 1992.The amended Act incorporated same of the longstanding demands of the National Women's Commission. Accordingly, three Regional (Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi & Kozhikode) Dowry Prohibition Officers (RDPOs) were posted with independent charge.The Director of Social Justice Department is the Chief Dowry Prohibition Officer to whom the RDPOs report.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of Regional Dowry Prohibition Officers prescribed under the Act are as follows:

  • To create awareness about the ill effects of dowries among the public through camps organised by the Information and Broad Casting Department, Local Self Government Institutions and other medias.
  • To conduct supervision checks and inquiries to ascertain whether there has been any violation of the provisions of the Act or Rules.
  • To maintains registers to record all complaints, inquiries and their results along with other relevant information.
  • To accept complaints for any offence under the Act from the party of persons aggrieved or any other person or organisations.
  • To act as Member Secretary of the Advisory Board...read more