In Delhi, before the year 1959, welfare services for the neglected and weaker section of the society were not operating in an organized and coordinated manner. There was an urgent need to make the welfare services comprehensive and diverse in nature. Keeping in view this fact, in the year 1959, the Directorate of Social Welfare was established in Delhi. Since then it has been an endeavour of Social Welfare Department that the number of institutions, schemes and services has increased to 57, 18 and 6 respectively.
The Department of Social Welfare provides welfare programmes and services to the handicapped persons, social security for the aged and destitute through the network of residential care homes and non-institutional services. Besides this the Department also provides avenues of self employment to handicapped and creates awareness amongst general public regarding the welfare measures of the Department.
In order to achieve its objectives, the Department of social welfare has decentralized its programme implementation to the level of its 10 districts units having jurisdictions co-terminus with the Revenue /Police districts of Delhi.
Functions of Social Welfare Department
The Department is extending its services in the form of functions which revolve around the management aspects i.e., Treatment, Prevention and Rehabilitation through the implementation of the social Legislations pertaining to the welfare of beggars, probationers and prisoners, licensing of institutions and provision, management and maintenance of statutory and non statutory institutions/services, for the welfare of the people. These social legislations are as under:
Persons With Disability Act 1995
The Bombay Prevention of Begging Act,1959
The Probation of Offenders' Act, 1958
Senior Citizen's Welfare Maintenance Act 2007
Good Conduct Probation Prisoner Release Act 1928
The Department is extending services by providing financial assistance for aids and appliances, scholarships, pension to the needy, physically and socially deprived people of Delhi. The Department is also providing financial assistance to the Voluntary Organizations of Delhi engaged in Social welfare activities in the fields of handicapped welfare and drug de-addiction etc for recurring and non-recurring expenditure to make them gradually self sufficient in their finances.