Saturday, 15 February 2014

Rehabilitation of Widows by the Ministry of Women and Child Development

The Ministry of Women and Child Development
The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing shelter based rehabilitation scheme ‘Swadhar’ for women in difficult circumstances. 

The beneficiaries include widows deserted by their families and relatives and left uncared near religious places where they are victims of exploitation. 

The beneficiaries are provided with primary need of shelter, food, clothing, counseling, medical and legal aid as also skill upgradation for economic rehabilitation. 311 Swadhar Shelter Homes are functioning across the country. Four Swadhar Shelter Homes are functioning at Vrindavan, Mathura, U.P. under the scheme. 

In compliance of the Order of Supreme Court dated 14.11.2008 in Writ Petition (Civil)No. 659 of 2007, (Environment & Consumer Protection Foundation Vs. Union of India and others).

 National Commission for Women (NCW) conducted a detailed study to inquire into the plight of widows living in Vrindavan of Mathura District in Uttar Pradesh. The study report was prepared and filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in April 2010. 

NCW has entered into an MoU with Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) on 7th May 2013 to improve the living conditions of destitute women on the identified areas for facilities like women hostels, remand homes etc. or anything which is related to women welfare or development by enhancing quality of their habitat. 

The first initiative is being undertaken at Vrindavan for renovation and reconstruction of the shelter homes for the widows. 

This was stated by Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for Women and Child Development, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. 

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