Chairperson Message :-

Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB) through its State Social Welfare Board (SSWB) recognizes that despite India’s economic achievements, socio-economic disparities still exist. Much work has to be done to uplift the quality of life of the socially vulnerable groups in Odisha and the State Social Welfare Board , Odisha has a major role to play in Odisha for social transformation.. In this context, the Declaration of the Bali Concord II by ASEAN Leaders during the ASEAN Summit of 2003 committed the ASEAN Community to fostering cooperation in social development aimed at raising the standard of living of disadvantaged groups and the rural population, and seek the active involvement of all sectors of society, in particular women, youth, and local communities. SSWB, Odisha now also puts emphasis on the need to address issues relating to the graying of populations in the region, as the issues do not only need social responses, but could also have economic implications. We have now started a mass state level campaign to stop sex selection/ female feticide detection using PNDT act very strictly.

We are now going to involve civil society organizations in Odiaha to work as the mentor and monitor of PNDT act at grassroots level SSWB, Odisha in the area of social welfare and development continues its effort in addressing social risks faced by children, women, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Under its social welfare and development work programme of 2013 – 2015 , SSWB has planned to complete some innovative activities addressing concerns for older persons, early child care and development, and people with disability; and in building GO-NGO partnership.

The new work programme just initiated after my joining as Chairperson highlights three strategies to bring together civil society organizations and other likeminded organizations in a regional context to address social welfare, family and children’s issues. These strategies include capacity building in human resources, documentation of standards and benchmarks for quality services and partnership and inter-sectoral collaboration.

At present the Board runs Creches benefiting children, Family Counseling Centres, Condensed courses and innovative projects . We propose to strengthen all our current activities with value addition, capacity building of partner NGOs and networking with local District level officials for monitoring and evaluation of the activities. We will try to maintain transparency, accountability and quality in our programme implementation. Efforts would be made to mobilize more resources and more programmes to bring greater visibility .

Our new website will give you idea about our current programmes and also future programmes. I wish all the best in the endeavor of the Orissa SSWB.

Thanking you
Ms Nibedita Nayak

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