Ruopfülenuo Huozha,30 May: With the 50 years of its existence the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board celebrated its Golden Jubilee cum inauguration of its new office building on 22nd May 2008 at the New Capital Complex, Kohima, Nagaland. The Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB) came into existence in the year 1958. Over the years, it has implemented various programmes of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi. The NSSWB provides the following welfare schemes and programmes to facilitate, strengthen and form the basis for all Voluntary Organisations (VOs) and for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working for women, children and weaker sections in our society.
1. Vocational Training Programme:
This programme supports training for poor unemployed women/girls who are 15 years or above to get employment or become self-employed. Destitute women, widows and those from weaker and vulnerable sections are given preference. The course lasts from 6 months to 2 years.
2. Condensed Course of Education for Women (CC)
The Condensed Course of Education for Women (CC) helps women of 15 years or above who have dropped out of schools, or have failed examinations to complete their education. The following types are conducted by implementing NGOs:
· Two-years non-residential education course to enable women to appear for recognized primary/middle/matric/higher secondary or equivalent examination.
· One-year non-residential education course for women who have failed in HSLC Matric or equivalent examination
3. Awareness Generation Programme (AGP)
The objective of Awareness Generation Programme is to enlighten women on issues relating to their status, rights and problems, etc. and encourages them to realize their problems, analyze them and tackle them.
4. Family Counseling Centres (FCC)
These Centres provide counseling, referral and rehabilitative services to women who are victims of atrocities in the family or society. The supported organisations intervene in cases of atrocities on women or physical violence against them.
5. Working Women Hostel
The Central Social Welfare Board provides assistance to Voluntary Organisations in the form of grants for hostel facilities for working women.
6. Construction of Working Women Hostel
This scheme supports construction or expansion of hostel for accommodation for working women who migrate from distant places to towns or cities for work face
7. Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme
Financial assistance is provided to Voluntary Organisations to set up Crèche units for children of women and ailing mothers who come from very low-income groups. Children of the age group of 0-6 years are looked after during the day. Each unit has at least 25 children who are provided with sleeping facilities, health care, supplementary nutrition, etc.
8. Short Stay Home
The Central Social Welfare Board provides grants to VOs to establish and run Short Stay Home for women & girls who are facing social, economic and emotional problems; or endure domestic violence, mental torture, social ostracism and exclusion, exploitation or mortal danger. Temporary shelter is provided for such needy women & girls for 6 months to 3 years to protect and rehabilitate them.
9. Innovation Schemes
Under this scheme, an institution can prepare a proposal for welfare of women and children. Such proposals should consider social necessities and include details of the area, requirements of the project, areas for intervention, methodology, tools, budget, etc.
10. Integrated Scheme for Women Empowerment (ISWE)
The ISWE was launched to empower women socially and economically specially to cover un-reached areas of North-east region. The scheme provides awareness among women and mobilizes them for taking up various developmental activities through vocational training, career counselling and support.
11. Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)
The services under this scheme provides access to credit, create awareness generation and gender sensitization; and improve nutrition, education and sensitization for project functionaries. The Scheme also covers traditional sectors of employment.
12. Swadhar A Scheme for Women in Difficult Circumstances
This Scheme has been launched to cater the requirements of women in difficult circumstances and situations. Swadhar responds to the needs of widows, destitute and deserted women, or women who are ex-prisoners, victims of sexual abuse and crimes, including those trafficked and rescued from brothels, migrant or refugee women who have been rendered homeless due to natural calamities like flood, cyclone, earthquake, those mentally challenged, women victims of terrorist violence etc.
13. Combating of Trafficking of Women & Children for Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Women and children from poverty stricken areas, drought prone areas, famine affected areas and those suffering due to natural calamities, become easy prey to commercial sexual exploitation. This project thus aims to provide and support approaches and methods to combat trafficking and sexual abuse of women and children.
14. General Grant-In-Aid (G.I.A.)
General Grant-in-Aid extends financial assistance to projects which target activities for welfare and development of women and children which are not supported under any scheme. It aims to encourage innovative projects to tackle un-serviced problem areas.
15. Other Programmes include:
· International Women’s Day
· Seminars & Workshops
· Orientation Training Programme (OTP) for grantee NGOs
· Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK)
Other Programme & Units
(i) Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club
(ii) Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005
(iii) Voluntary Action Bureau (VAB)
Detailed information for these schemes can be obtained from the office of NSSWB,
New Capital Complex, Kohima : Nagaland during office hours.