Swadhar Home & Women Helpline Grant - WCD

Swadhar – A Scheme for Women in Difficult Circumstances

Ministry of Women & Child Development

Government of India


A scheme known as 'Swadhar' has been designed with an innovative approach to cater to the requirement of various types of women in distress in diverse situations under different conditions. The Swadhar Scheme purports to address the specific vulnerability of each of group of women in difficult circumstances through a Home-based holistic and integrated approach.




The following shall be the objectives of the scheme:


1.     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;


2.     To provide emotional support and counseling to such women;


3.     To rehabilitate them socially and economically through education, awareness, skill up gradation and personality development through behavioural training etc.;


4.     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 on case to case basis;


5.     To provide for help line or other facilities to such women in distress; and


6.     To provide such other services as will be required for the support and rehabilitation to such women in distress.




The following shall be the target group beneficiaries of the scheme:


1.     Widows deserted by their families and relatives and left uncared near religious places where they are victims of exploitation;


2.     Women prisoners released from jail and without family support


3.     Women survivors of natural disaster who have been rendered homeless and are without any social and economic support;


4.     Trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from brothels or other places or women/girl victims of sexual crimes who are disowned by family or who do not want to go back to respective family for various reasons;


5.     Women victims of terrorist/extremist- violence who are without any family support and without any economic means for survival;


6.     Mentally challenged women (except for the psychotic categories who require care in specialized environment in mental hospitals) who are without any support of family or relatives.


7.     Women with HIV/AIDS deserted by their family or women who have lost their husband due to HIV/AIDS and are without social/economic support; or


8.     Similarly placed women in difficult circumstances.




The implementing agencies can be the Social Welfare/Women and Child Welfare Department of State Government, Women's Development Corporations, Urban Local Bodies, reputed Public/Private Trust or NGOs 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 or rehabilitation.




The implementing NGO must fulfil the following eligibility conditions:


·        The organisation should be registered under law and must have a properly constituted Managing Body with its powers, duties and responsibilities clearly defined and laid down in its Constitution;

·        The organisation must not work for the profit of any individual or body of individuals;

·        It should ordinarily have three years experience after its registration.

·        Its financial position should be sound;

·        It should have facilities, resources, experience and personnel to initiate the scheme for which assistance is sought.


The implementing agencies may seek assistance for all the components as mentioned above under the scheme. However, assistance can be sought for a few components also provided that the other facilities are available and holistic care is provided by the organisation to the women in difficult circumstances.

    The scheme shall have the following main components:


a)                                 Assistance for construction of buildings for the Centre


b)                                Rent for the shelter


c)                                 Assistance for the management of the Centre.


d)                                Provision for food, shelter and clothing for the women and their children below the age of 18 years


e)                                 Counselling for the women in difficult circumstances


f)                                  Clinical, legal and other support for women in difficult circumstances who are in need of that intervention.


g)                                Training for the economic rehabilitation of such women


h)                                Help line facilities for such women


The implementing agencies may seek assistance for all the components as mentioned above under the scheme.  However, assistance can be sought for a few components also provided that the other facilities are available and holistic care is provided by the organisation to the women in difficult circumstances.  


      Wherever necessary and feasible, each Centre shall be expected to aim at the convergence of the benefits of separate schemes of DWCD and other Ministries/Departments regarding education, training, health, awareness generation, self-employment etc, which are not specifically provided for in the scheme.


G.     Pattern of Assistance


              Government shall grant following types of assistance to the implementing organizations for the development of the Centres:


(i)      Assistance for purchase of land


Land should be provided free of cost by implementing agencies.


(ii)     Assistance for construction of building


Government shall grant assistance for construction of rooms/cottages/ huts for the shelter of the inmates and common facilities like kitchen, bathroom, training hall, recreation room, office room etc and infrastructure facilities like water, electricity, approach road, boundary wall  etc.  75% of the cost of such constructions subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs. 25,000 per inmate i.e., Rs. 25 lakhs for a Centre for 100 women shall be permissible.  The balance amount for construction shall be paid by the implementing agencies.  An agreement shall be signed with the NGO to the effect that the building shall not be used for any purpose other than rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances.   


(iii)     Assistance for rented accommodation


 In the first year of the project, 100% assistance towards rent, subject to a ceiling of  Rs. 50,000/- p.m. for a centre for 200 women, and correspondingly for other centers, may be provided in order to enable the implementing agencies to begin implementation of the scheme quickly, while bringing up resources to construct the building or for continuing on rent.  However, from the second year onwards 75% assistance, subject to a ceiling of Rs.37500/- for a centre for 200 women, and correspondingly for other centres, shall be provided.    Reasonability of the rent should be certified by the DM/State PWD.


(iv)    Administration and Management


          The exact quantum of staff to be sanctioned in each project shall be decided on a case-to-case basis. 


(v)     Other Recurring expenditure


             a)       The following recurring expenditure of the centre shall be sanctioned:                        


·        Office Contingencies @ Rs 5 per inmate per month


·        Medical expenses @ Rs 25 per month per inmate subject to actual


·        Food of Residents @ Rs.500 per inmate per month


·        Training for rehabilitation – as per norms of Women's Economic Programme (WEP)


·        Pocket Money  @ of Rs.50 per inmate per month for those women who are not engaged in any economic activity.


    b)        Upper ceiling for annual non-rental recurring expenditure per inmate for the 3 types of modules will be 9000 for a center for 200 inmates, 10,000/- for a center for 100 inmates and 13,000/- for a center of 50 inmates out of which not less than Rs.6,000/- should  be spent on food alone.


    c)          No escalation on this ceiling will be allowed during 10th Plan period and any excess expenditure should be met by the implementing agency from its own resource.


    d)        For children, grant shall be given @ 2/3 of the expenditure applicable to women.


    (ix)          Other Non recurring expenditure


·        Assistance for furniture, beds, bedding, utensils, machines and other items of permanent use @ Rs 2,000 per inmate


·        Recreation & Development activities@ Rs 200 per inmate             


·        These grants shall be sanctioned once in five years subject to actual


     (vii)  Help Line for Women in Distress

                  The lease charges and bills for toll free phone shall be reimbursed by the DWCD. Other assistance to be provided on a 100% reimbursement basis are detailed in Module VII.


Project proposal


                  The project proposals under the scheme shall be received in prescribed format (Annexure –I) through the State Govts/UT Admns. The State Govt/UT Administration shall submit its Appraisal Report and recommendations as per the format prescribed (Annexure-II). The Utilisation Certificate and Progress Report shall be submitted in formats prescribed in Annexure III and IV. A few suggestive models for the preparation of project proposals have been indicated in Annexure V. These are only illustrative. The implementing organizations may submit other innovative proposals according to the specific needs of the women in difficult circumstances as defined to achieve the objectives of the scheme.


                  The project proposal complete in all aspects as mentioned above shall be submitted to Joint Secretary, Women Development Bureau, Department of Women & Child Development, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi-110001 through Registered Post/Speed Post.


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