SOCIAL WELFARE SECTION

The Social Welfare Section of the district of North 24 Parganas provides service to children, women, aged persons. It also deals with the problems faced by the physically and mentally challenged persons of the society. It works in co-ordination with a number of organisations and provide services to the target people either directly or through these organizations.

CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE

  1. What is Child Welfare Committee?
    The Government of West Bengal has constituted nineteen Child Welfare Committees, one in every district including Kolkata, to deal with children in need of care and protection under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2006. Each of the Child Welfare Committee comprises one Chairperson, and four members. This Committee acts as a board of Magistrates and looks into the cases for the care, protection, treatment, development and rehabilitation of children in need of care and protection and to provide for their basic needs and protection of human rights.
  2. Address / Location of the CWC for North 24 Parganas :-
    Kishalaya Home, Hatkhola, Barasat,  North 24 Parganas.
  3. Name & designation of Office Bearer:-

    District Social Welfare Officer

    33-2584-6278

    dswo.socialnorthparganas@gmail.com


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    No

    Contact Person

    Address

    Contact. No

    E-Mail Address

    1

    Dr. Aloke Mukherjee (Chairman)

     

    9903526650 

     

    2

    Mrs. Upama Dey (Member)

     

    8981222698

     

    3

    Mrs. Ranjana Bhowmick (Member)

     

    9432429257

     

    4

    Mr. Kundan Halder (Member)

     

    9332075356

     

    5

    Mr. Dipak Prakash Shau (Member)

     

    9748998092

     

                                                                                             
  4. Activity:-
    • Target Beneficiaries -
    • Orphan/Abandant/Surrender
    • Run Away Children
    • Drug Abused
    • Victim of Natural Calamity/Civil War
    • Contact with Child Line India.(Telephone No. 1098)
  • What we should do if one new born baby is founded unmoved.
    1. Contact with Police (Dial-100).
    2. Contact with (Child Line-1098).
    3. Contact with S.A.A.
       

    Name

    Address

    Contact No.

    Category

    Admission Authority

    S.P.E.C. AB/97, Prafulla Kanan West, Krishnapur,Kolkata-700101 9830347805 (M)
    9433209840 (M)
    Specialized Adoption Agency As per CARA guideline
    R.K.V. Mission Sarada Kanya Ashram, Tollykhola 033-2542-4129 Specialized Adoption Agency As per CARA guideline

     
  • When we find a Juvenile offender (J.C.L) contact with:-
    1. Police (Dial-100)
    2. Child Line (Dial-1098)

CHILDLINE &ndash 1098 HELP LINE

  1. Collaborative  Organization :- Dhagagia Social Welfare Society (DSWS) (collab), Address-Golabari Bazaar, Taki Road,(opposite Cultural Association Club), Barasat-743708, Contact Number-03216259007, 03216259015

    1. Activity

      1. The onus of responding to every call that comes in at 1098, 24 hours a day and providing necessary assistance, lies with the collaborative organization
      2. A call coming into a CHILDLINE centre is attended to by one of the team members who work in shifts. This ensures that the calls coming in are attended to, all 24 hours at the phone-receiving centre.
      3. The response could be by going to meet with the child first and then linking him or her to medical help, shelter, repatriation, rescue from abuse or even intensive counselling.
      4. The response can also be on phone when it comes to providing them with emotional support and guidance or any kind of information and referral to other services for children.
      5. After the emergency intervention measures are taken by the CHILDLINE agency, the next step is to link the child with long-term rehabilitation. This involves referral and networking with other organizations providing specialized services.

       
    2. Area of operation

      1. Barasat-I Block
        GP- ( Chotojagulia, Ichhapur Nilganj, Kotra, Duttapukur I and II, Purba Khinkapur, Paschim Khinkapur,Kasimpur)
      2. Barasat-II Block
        GP- ( Chondigarh rohanda, Folti, Beliaghata, Keniya Khamarpara, Kirtipur I and II, Dadpur Sashon)
      3.  Aamdanga Block
        GP- (Bhalukamoricha, Dhania, Srikrishnapur, Ajhat, Chandigarh, Jirat, Tetulia, Beraberia)
      4. Rajarhat Block
        GP- ( Atghora hatiara, Chandiberia, Ghuni, Arbelia, Jatragachi, Pathorghata, Bagu, Kashinathpur)
      5. Barrackpore-I Block
        GP- ( Majhipara, Mamothpur, Halishohor jetia, Halidaha, Kapachakla,Taraberia, Keutia,
      6. Barrackpore-II Block
      7. Municipality areas:-
        Barrackpore, New Barrackpore, Sodepur, Panihati, Khardah, Kamarhati, Birati, Dumdum, Kachrapara, Naihati, Bhatpara, Barasat, Madhyamgram, Rajarhat and New Town

         
  2. Nodal Organisation :-
    Centre for Communications and Development
    Address-Near Muktaneer, Baikuntho Deb Road, Madhyamgram Bazar, Kolkata &ndash 700130, Contact Number- 25371884, 25374660


    Activity- The nodal organization ensures that the issues faced in responding to calls from children or concerned adults are addressed towards effective functioning of the service and if a problem is recognised regarding a case intervention, Nodal Organisation communicates and interacts with the allied systems like police, health services and other equipped systems or with the higher authority to ensure progress in such cases.
    Area of operation- North 24 Parganas.


     
  3. Supportive Organisations :-

    Activity of Supportive Organisation- The Supportive Organisations respond to and follow up  all calls referred to them by the collaborative organisation and respond to cases that they receive through outreach or through direct calls made to their organisations.

    Details of Supportive Organisations are given below:-

    1. Joygopalpur Youth Development Society (JYDC)
      Address - Village post, PS- Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parganas , PIN- 743446, Contact Number-03217204024, 9732630178

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Sandeshkhali II
        GP - (Khulna,Sandeshkhali, Manipur,Korakathi, Durgamandap, Jeliakhali, Bermojur I and II )
      2. Block - Sandeshkhali I
        GP - (Shehara Radhanagar, Kalinagar, Nazat I and II, Boyermari I and II, Shorberia  Agarhati, Hatghachia )

       
    2. Charuigachi  Light House Society (CLHS)
      Address - Boaldaha, PS- Bongaon, North 24 Parganas, PIN-743235, Contact Number-03215214428

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Bongaon
        GP - (Ghatbaor, Dharampukuria, Chhaoigharia, Ganrapota, Tangra, Sundarpur, Palla, Bighari, Bairanpur,Gopalnagar I and II, Kalupur, Akaipur,Chowberia I and II, Ganganandapur)
      2. Block - Gaighata
        GP - (Dharmapur I and II, jaleshwar I and II, Ichhapur I and II, Fulsara, Chandpara, Dooma, Jhawdanga, Sutia, Ramnagar, Shimulpur)
      3. Block - Bagdah
        GP - ( Asharu, Koniyara I and II, Ranghat, Boira, Malipota, Bagdah, Sindrani, Helencha)

       
    3. North 24 Parganas Sammoyao Sramagibi Samity
      Address - Pashchim Joynagar, Post- Aturia, PS- Baduria, PIN-743427, subdiv, Basirhat, Contact Number- 03217243155, 9732734794

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Swarupnagar
        GP - ( Kaijuri, Bakra Gokulpur, Swarupnagar Banglani, Sharaful Nirman, Gobindopur, Bithari hakimpur,Tepul Mirzapur, Shoguna, Charghat, Balti Nityanandakathi)
      2. Block - Baduria
        GP - ( Shayasthanagar I and II, Aturia, Bazitpur, Ramchandrapur uday, Chatramiloni, Bakjhola, Jashaikathi Adhghora, Noyabastia milani, Raghunathpur, Jodurhati north and south, Chandipur, Jagannathpur )
      3. Block - Basirhat I
        GP - ( Gothra, Pipha, Nimdaria kodalia, Itinda panitor, Gachaakharpur, Shongrampur shibhati, Shakchura Bagundi)
      4. Municipalities - Basirhat, Baduria

       
    4. Khalisadi Anubhab Welfare Association
      Contact Number- 9830794149

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Haroa
        GP - ( Shalipur, Bokjuri, Haroa, Khashbalanda, Sonapukurshankarpur, Kulti, Gopalpur I and II)
      2. Block - Minakha
        GP - ( Bamunpukur, Minakha, Dhupurtah, Kumorjol, Mohanpur, Chaital,Champali, Atpukur)
      3. Block - Basirhat II
        GP - ( Chaita, Rajendrapur, Ghoras, Matia, Kholapota,Champapukur, Kochua, Dhannokuria, Bibiput begampur)

       
    5. Shayastanagar Swanirbhor Mahila Samity
      Address - Machlandapur, beside Anondoshongho, Railway Station Platform No. 1, Post- Machlandapur, Block- Habra , PIN-743289, Contact Number- 9733852499

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Deganga
        GP - ( Barachapa I and II, Haiderpurjikra I and II, Chowrashi, Amulia, Deganga I and II, Noornagar, Soilshetpur, Champatala, Kalsur, Chakla)
      2. Block - Habra I
        GP - ( Machlandapur I and II, Bergum I and II, Kumra, Rudra, Prichiba)
      3. Block - Habra II
        GP - (Srikrishnapur, Bhurkunda, Bangshapole, Guma I and II, Beraberi, Dighra Mallikberia, Rajibpur Bira)
      4. Municipalities - Ashoknagar, Gobardanga and Habra

       
    6. Katakhali Empowerment and Youth Association
      Address - Hasnabad, Contact Number-  03217233534, 9933436433

      Area of operation-
      1. Block - Hasnabad
      2. Block - Hingalganj

JUVENILE  JUSTICE  BOARD

Location :- Sech Bhawan Annex building, Salt Lake City-Kolkata-64,
Composition :- One Principal Magistrate (Metropolitan Magistrate), Two Social Worker
Objective :- Deals with Juvenile Conflict with  Law(JCL)
Phone Number :- (033)  2321 2272

What you should do whenever one JCL is intercepted?

  • Please contact with local Police Station. In every police station the second officer has been designated as Child Welfare Officer.
  • One DSP-rank officer has been designated as Nodal Officer for the Juvenile Police Units  of the Police District and the Commissionerates.
Abuse to the Juvenile.
  • For any kind of physical, mental abuse in house, school etc., the Child Welfare Officer may be contacted.
  • For any kind of assistance, the Childline (Dial 1098) may be contacted.

 

PROTECTION  OF WOMEN  FROM DOMESTICE  VIOLENCE  ACT,  2005

When an aggrieved lady or any child is abused physically, mentally, verbally, economically, emotionally and sexually by any adult male member of the family and also the relative of the husband or the male partner then the event/matter is called Domestic Violence.

Aggrieved :- means affected woman or child (below eighteen). She may be married or may be unmarried or having live-in relation. She can file petition to the concerned Protection Officer, Service Provider or Magistrate against the opponent or respondent.

Respondant :- means any adult male person who is or has been in a domestic relationship with the aggrieved lady and against whom the aggrieved person has sought any relief under this Act.

How to derive service :- First time aggrieved lady should submit the written application in a plain paper against the respondent for getting relief to the concerned Protection Officer or service provider.

Relief order (Type of relief given) :-

  • Protection order
  • Residence order
  • Monetary relief
  • Compensation order
  • Custody order
  • Interim or expatriate order
Information relating to the District

Name of the Protection Officers :-
  • Sumita  Datta (Laha)
  • Anwesha Ganguly
Phone No.:- 03325527068
Address :- Office of District Magistrate, 2nd floor (Near General Section), Barasat, North 24 Pgs.
Area of operation :-  Entire district of North 24 Parganas

 

ADOPTION

Objectives :- The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 and its Amendment Act, 2006 provides for the rehabilitation and reintegration of children through sponsorship, foster-care, adoption and after-care. For each child in family based non-institutional care, an individual care plan shall be developed.

Composition :- Following the spirit of ICPS in North 24 Parganas the main thrust is on non-institutional family based care. At present, two Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAA) are operating in the district.

Scope :-  The SAA shall identify vulnerable families and children for foster care support and prepare the individual care plan of the child and recommend the case to the CWC for issuing appropriate order. Once the child is placed in foster care, the SAA will supervise and monitor the progress of the child and periodically report to both CWC and the District Child Protection Society(DCPS).

The specific roles and responsibilities of these SAAs shall include the following :-
 

  1. Child related functions :-

    1. Admission and registration of orphaned, abandoned and surrendered children
    2. Reporting the arrival of a child to the CWC.
    3. Post CWC order, report registration of the child to DCPS, ACA and SARA
    4. Maintaining an online database of all children admitted
    5. Preparation of child-study report and physical examination report
    6. Assist CWC in enquiry as and when required.
    7. Pre and Post-adoption counselling to children.
    8. Matching of the child
    9. Facilitate placement of the child either in adoption or in pre-adoption foster care with the help of District Placement Committee chaired by DCPO with two members respectively from the respective SAA and Protection Officer
    10. Court process for adoption or placement of a child
    11.  Obtaining birth certificate of the child
    12. Post-adoption follow up
    13. Archiving relevant records of birth parents, their medical/case history, case records of the child, birth parents and adoptive parents
    14.  Maintaining minimum standards of care.
    15. Submitting a quarterly progress report to DCPS and SARA for indicating the rehabilitation plan for each child admitted in the SAA

       
  2. Prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) related functions:-
    1. Registration of prospective adoptive parents
    2. Reporting the registration of PAPs to the DCPS and SARA.
    3. Maintaining an online database of PAPs registered with the current status of their application
    4. Counselling of biological parents/unwed mother surrendering the child and for prevention of abandonment and rehabilitation of child.
    5. Carrying out Home Study Report.
    6. Matching of the child with PAPs
    7. Facilitating placement of the child in pre adoption foster care
    8. Pre and post-adoption counseling to all PAPs.
    9. Carrying out court procedures for adoption or placement of a child
    10. Carrying out post-adoption follow up.
Cradle baby reception centre :- This Reception Centre shall be run by the SAA from its premises and shall be equipped with all basic facilities for infants. The primary objective of these Reception Centres shall be to rescue the abandoned children and look after them with due care and affection till he/she is given in adoption.

Contacts :-

  1. District Social Welfare Officer, North 24 Parganas :- 03325846278
  2. R.K.V Mission, Sarada Kanya Sangha, Tollykhola, Baluria, Nabapally, Barasat, North 24 Parganas, Phone :- 03325424129
  3. Scott lane Poverty Eradication Centre (SPEC), Prafulla Kanan, West VIP, Krishnapur, Kol-700104, Ph.:- 03322265475, 9433209840

 

DISTRICT  CHILD  PROTECTION  SOCIETY

Objective:- With the aim of giving impetus to child protection in the district, District Child Protection Society has started its journey in North 24 Parganas. This society implements the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) of the Central Government to ensure that all children could lead protected lives without being abused or turning into juvenile offenders.

Composition:- At present, DCPS, North 24 Parganas started functioning with a four members team consisting of District Child Protection Officer(DCPO), Protection Officer (Institutional Care) and two Data Entry Operators.

Scope:- The DCPS shall coordinate and implement all child rights and protection activities at district level. The scheme would include in its purview the Juvenile Justice Board, the Child Welfare Committees and all those institutions and Departments that deal with children. It would include monitoring adoption by SAAs / non-Governmental organizations, Government-run and NGO-run child care institutes, observation homes, shelter homes etc.

Contact :-
Hastings Building, Barasat, Near DM office
Phone Number:- 033-25846278

IDENTITY  CARDS  FOR  PERSONS  WITH  DISABILITIES

Persons with disabilities (not less than 40%) are eligible for getting identity cards.

  • Details of Medical Boards for identification and certification of disabilities:-

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    no

    Nature of Disability

    Where to approach

    1

    Physical Disability

    District and Sub-Divisional Hospitals

    2

    Mental Disability

    District Hospital


     
  • Documents to be produced before the  Medical Board for identification:- Ration Card, Passport, Driving License, Office Identity Card, PAN Card, EPIC, Admit Card issued by Council /Board, Student Identity Card, Bank Passbook and Identity Card issued by Labour Department as Bidi Sramik.
     
  • A minor who does not have ration card can be identified by one of his parents who have any documents.

Jurisdiction regarding issuance of Identity Cards:-

  1. District Social Welfare Officer- Barasat Municipality
  2. Child Development Project Officer-Respective jurisdictions

This Card once issued to be valid for a period of ten years and shall have to the renewed

Eligibility:-
 


The identity card shall be issued to a person with disability on the basis of the disability certificate issued by the Medical Board. Such identity card shall entitle a person to receive facilities and concession in journey in bus, tram etc.

In case of mentally ill person the disability certificate would be issued by the Mental Board after observation and treatment for one year.

In case of dispute regarding percentage of disability as certified by Medical Boards, aggrieved person can appeal to Appellate Medical Board at 45, Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata-700013.

 

How to obtain disability cards:-

  1. Disability certificate issued by Medical Board from the District/Sub Divisional Hospital
  2. Two copies of stamp-sized photographs of applicant
  3. Ration card
  4. EPIC
  5. Documents regarding age-proof
  6. Income certificate from competent authority

In case of minor, ration card, EPIC etc. of the parent are required.

LOCAL  LEVEL  COMMITTEE  &  LEGAL  GUARDIANSHIP

Local Level Committee is set up under the National Trust Act, 1999 for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities.

Objectives:-

  • To provide support to persons with disability to live within their own families.
  • To evolve procedure for the appointment of guardians (legal guardians) and trustees for persons with disability.
  • To facilitate the realization of equal opportunities, protection of rights and fall participation of persons with disability.
  • To do any other act which is incidental to the  afore said objects.
Composition of Local Level Committee :-
  • Chairman of Committee:- District Magistrate of North 24 Parganas

     
  • Representative from a person with disability:- Sri Manas Basu- a person with disability
    Telephone No.:- 9732728020

     
  • Representative of Registered Organisation:- Sri Dilip Kumar Ghosh-
    Representative of Naba  Barrackpur  Shiksha Samaj
    Telephone No.:- 9230209049

     
  • Convenor of LLC:-
    District Social Welfare Officer
    Member- Convenor
    Telephone No.:- 03325846278
How to apply for Legal Guardianship?
  • Father/Mother, relatives or any organisation registered with the National Trust Act can apply in prescribed form for legal guardianship for persons suffering from 4 (Four) types of disabilities:-
  • Autism
  • Mental Retardation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Disabilities
When the son/daughter suffering from above disabilities attains 18 years age, parents will have to apply for Legal guardianship or nominate any relative.

What a Legal guardian can do for the PWD (person with Disabilities)?
  • Open a bank account, obtain loans from any financial institution, participate in any investment, financial assistance from anybody for self-employment in favour of ward.
Responsibilities of Legal Guardian (LG)
  • Submit to LLC report within 6 months and form by November of any year.
  • The LG must not take for himself any income on property or sent thereof for personal use (without prior permission)
  • LG is to do all works relating to health, medical treatment, proper education, entertainment, protection of human right and property, barrier-free life and non-discrimination of P.W.D
  • In case of any lapse on the part of LG, his guardianship is liable to be cancelled.

 

DIFFERENT  SCHEMES  FOR  WOMEN  DEVELOPMENT :-


Name of the Scheme

Objective

Eligibility

Method of Application

Whom to Contact

UJJAWALA
A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation.

To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities.
To facilitate rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation.
To provide rehabilitation services both immediate and long term to the victims.
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.

The widows of young age, traffic victims, divorcees, distressed, physically handicapped women, adolescent girls with low income level and commercial sex workers willing to be rehabilitated are given priority in selection of trainee.

The implementing NGOs are required to submit list of trainees approved by BDO/SDO/ADM/DM.

Women and Child Welfare Department of State Government, Women&rsquos Development Corporations, Women&rsquos Development Centers, Urban Local Bodies, reputed Public/Private Trust or Voluntary Organizations.

SWADHAR
The &ldquoSwadhar&rdquo scheme purports&rsquo to address the specific vulnerability of each group of women&rsquos in difficult circumstances through a Home-based holistic and integrated approach.

Widows deserted by their families and relatives.
Women prisoners released from jail.
Women survivors of natural disaster.
Trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from brothels or other places.
Women victims of terrorist/extremist violence.
Mentally challenged women.

 

To provide primary need of shelter, food, clothing and care to the marginalized women/girls living in difficult circumstances who are without any social and economic support.
To provide emotional support and counseling to such women.
To rehabilitate them socially and economically through education, awareness, skill up gradation and personality development.
To arrange for specific clinical, legal and other support for women/girls in need of those intervention by linking and networking with other organizations in both Govt. & Non-Govt. Sector.
The implementing NGOs are required to submit list of trainees approved by BDO/SDO/ADM/DM The Social Welfare/Women and Child Welfare Department of State Government, Women&rsquos Development Corporations, Urban Local Bodies, reputed Public/Private Trust or Voluntary Organizations who are willing to take up the responsibility of rehabilitating such women. The organization must have adequate experience and expertise of taking up such works of rehabilitation.

SWABALAMBAN    SCHEME

The scheme constitutes development of vocational skills thereby enhancing economic empowerment of socially marginalized women with special emphasis on those who are vulnerable to immoral trafficking.

The scheme emphasizes on income generating activities with the aim of achieving self relevance requiring substantial financial input to be sustainable on ling term basis. It also makes provision of training for skill up gradation, marketing and ensures sustained employment after the training including tie-ups.

The target group under the scheme shall be poor needy women in urban slums and rural areas within the age group of 18-50 years from Weaker Sections such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and SHGs.
Preference should be given to women who are sole earners and heads of households, handicapped or deserted.

The implementing NGOs are required to submit list of trainees  duely approved byBDO/SDO/ /ADM/DM.

 

Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. Of India. The Scheme is being monitored by the State Level Facilitating Committee and State Level Empowered Committee.

PENSION SCHEMES

  1. Method of application:-

    Application form may be obtained from following offices namely :-
    • Office of the Block Development Officer or the Executive Officer of the concerned Panchayat Samity in case the applicant resides in the rural areas under the said Panchayat Samity.
    • Office of the Sub-Divisional Officer in case the applicant resides in Municipal/Notified areas outside the areas of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

       
  2. Sanction of pension:-
    Sanction of pension is subject to the fulfillment of relevant conditions as well as availability of vacancies.

     
  3. Payment of pension :- The Block Development Officers or the Chairmen of the Municipalities of different Subdivisions (except Barasat Sadar) arrange for the disbursement of pension through transfer to the bank account or money order. For Municipalities of Barsat Sadar Subdivisions, the District Social Welfare Officer Officer makes arrangement of pension. (Pension under this scheme shall not be commutable.)

     
  4. Duties of pensioner :-
    • To give information about change of address.
    • To give information about death of the pensioner or cessation of cause of getting pension
    • To submit life certificate by the first week of November each year.

       
  5. Stopping or withholding of pension:-

    After giving the pensioner the opportunity of being heard, pension may be stopped or withheld if it is found that:-
    (1) pension has been sanctioned on wrong ground
    (2) condition of granting of pension no longer exists.

     


Last Update - 14/11/2014