Monday, November 30, 2020

Social Welfare Department celebrates golden jubilee

Advisor Wangnao challenges officers for better service delivery

Kohima, October 31: Nagaland’s Social Welfare Department on Wednesday celebrated 50 glorious years of service to the people of the State, specially the rural areas through various welfare schemes.
Addressing the celebrants at Capital Convention Centre here, Advisor for Social Welfare, Home Guards and Civil Defence, MLA Noke Wangnao said happy to see that the department has gradually grown from strength to strength providing humanitarian services to the down-trodden in the last 50 years.
Noke, who was also the Minister during the nascent stage of the department in 1977, recalled that the department started with three District Welfare Officers and one Integrated Child Development Services project but today it has eight District Welfare Officers, nine District Programme Officers, 60 Integrated Child Development Service projects and various commissions, catering to the needs of the senior citizens, destitute, Differently-Abled Persons, women and children, through a network of over 3980 Anganwadi centers spread across the State.
“The last 50 years has seen rapid expansion of the department which entails bigger responsibilities to every officers for rendering better and more meaningful services to the people of the state,” he said.
Acknowledging that the people have high expectations from the department, he said it is our responsibility to fulfill their needs. In this, Wangnao said that he is ready to attend to those needs, yet he would be very firm with the officers who do not perform.
Over the years, the responsibilities and prerogatives of the Social Welfare is increasing and with it comes greater responsibilities with more focus on the Women, the Children and Adolescent, the Senior Citizens, the Widows and the Differently-able, he said.
The department has played a key role in delivering services to the target beneficiaries, he said while asserting his commitment to see that whatever service provided through the Central ministries are delivered to the targeted beneficiaries, and also to make all effort to see that the issues faced by them are addressed.
The Advisor also released the jubilee souvenir and memento.
Secretary for Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse said when we talk about the way forward and the development of a state, the process must also include upliftment of the weakest and the most vulnerable section of the society.
“This include the disabled, the aged, women and children, especially those in the most rural areas of the state. This is where a department like social welfare comes in,” she said.
She said the department exists to look into the welfare of those in societies that need assistance, adding that the department is extending humanitarian services that will have much wider and far reaching effect on the people in Nagaland as a whole.
Old age pension to 57,400 senior Citizens, 4,464 widows, 3,276 disabled persons: Director
Director of Social Welfare, T. Merangtsungba Aier highlighting the activities of the department said it is providing old age pension to 57,400 senior Citizens, 4,464 widows, 3,276 disabled persons, scholarship to 208 students, 1,625 totally Blind persons while more than 50 NGOs are given Grant-in-Aid who are working hand in hand with the department for the welfare of Child Welfare, Drugs & substance Abuse, Senior Citizen and People with Disability (PWD).
The department, he said delivers services from pregnancy to grave i.e. when a women gets pregnant we identify her and provide necessary service to the women and after the birth of the child, the service is continued upto 6 months to the lactating mother. Than children from 7th month onwards upto 6 years are our beneficiary followed by services for the Adolescent girl and destitute women, he said.
Again from the age of 60 we provide Old Age Pension till death not forgetting the services provided to the PwD, the Director said while justifying that it’s a department providing services from Pregnancy to Death.
Galaxy of ministers and advisors along with retired directors, including the first director of the Department, A Y Odyuo and retired director Khevito T Shohe joined the celebrations.
KABA Pastor Sentisashi Aier offered the invocation while special number was presented by Nagaland Chamber of Choir while Dreamz Unlimited performed a skit on ‘Uplift’ and children of Cherry Blossom School Kohima presented pantomime. Additional Director & Convenor Jubilee Planning Committee Tutula Pongen delivered the appreciation and thanksgiving prayer was offered by Mission Director NCRC NEI, Neivotso Neikha.
(Page News Service)