The Government of India established the Central Social Welfare Board in 1953 with the primary objective of developing a healthy partnership with voluntary organizations for the Welfare, Development and empowerment of women in our society .
Central Social Welfare Board provides support under its various sponsored schemes and programmes for the welfare of women and children, disabled and weaker sections of the community through registered voluntary organizations.
For better implementation of the programmes of the Board, the Central Social Welfare Board arranged setting up of State Social Welfare Boards in all the States and Union Territories. The Orissa State Welfare Board came into existence during the year 1954 through a Resolution bearing No.3368-P dated 7th August, 1954 of the then Cabinet (Planning) department of State Government. The State Social Welfare Board has been funding various welfare schemes under specified programmes and grants are being provided by the Central Social Welfare Board for the purpose.
On the administrative side, the day to day business of the State Board is carried out as rules contained in the Bye-laws of the State Board. The Establishment cost of the State Board is shared on 50:50 basis by the Central Social Welfare Board and the State Government. On the Programmes side, the State Board entertains and processes applications received from Registered Voluntary Organizations for grant under various approved schemes of Central Social Welfare Board. After sanction of the programmes, the State Board coordinates its implementation all over the State including monitoring and supervision of the aided programmes on regular intervals.