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To enhance the status of women in society  and to ensure that she is given an equal oppurtunity to develop to her full potential, the department is implementing various schemes and programmes for the holistic development, empowerment and protection of women including those meant for her health, education and nutrition care
Atrocities against women are an obstacle to the achievement of objectives of equality and development. It gets reflected in the form of female foeticide followed by child abuse, child labour, trafficking, child marriage, domestic violence, dowry harassment, rape, murder and sexual harassment of women at work place. Government of Andhra Pradesh provides financial relief to the victims vide G.O.Ms.No. 28, WCD&SC(WP) Dept dt: 13.06.2013 & 15.10.2012
A comprehensive policy and action plan for combating trafficking covering various aspects such as Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of victims is formulated vide G.O.Ms. No. 1 Dt: 03.01.2013. Appropriate measures have been taken by the government to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling and legal aid for the victims of trafficking in the form of Ujjwala Homes. Women in distress can find shelter, food, clothing and care besides emotional support, counseling and a package for rehabilitation and reintegration at Swadhar homes. For the aged women and for destitutes and others, the department has established homes/ institutions to provide food, shelter and clothing
The department supports the implementation of various Acts viz., Domestic Violence Act 2005, Protection of Children from Sexual offences (POCSO) Act, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace ( Prevention , Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013, Dowry Prohibition Act 1961, The Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, 2006 etc
The Government is also implementing various programmes and schemes for education, nutrition and health care for the women viz., Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) etc. For empowering women and to improve the status of women, AP Women Cooperative Development Corporation has established 23 Durgabai Mahila Sishu Vikasa Kendram (DMSVK) which impart vocational trainings to the needy women
The Government of India in order to achieve holistic empowerment of women and to coordinate the programmes across ministries and departments started the National Mission for Empowerment of Women. The State Resource Center for Women (SRCW) is the technical arm set up in every State and it provides planning, execution and technical support to the State Mission Authority (SMA)
For protecting the rights of women, to improve the status of women and to inquire into unfair practices of women an autonomous body the AP Women Commission has been constituted
2.Financial Assistance to Victims of Atrocities

Government of Telangana provides financial relief to the victims of atrocities i.e., Rape, Gang Rape, Dowry Death, Kidnap, Trafficking, Acid Attack, Hacked or throat Slit etc. through WD&CW Dept. As per G.O.Ms.No.28, WCD&SC(WP) Dept., Dt:,04.07.2003, 13.06.2011& 15.10.2012, the financial assistance for each case is as follows

  • Gang Rape Rs. 1,00,000/-
  • Rape Case Rs. 50,000/-
  • Dowry Death Rs. 50,000/-
  • Trafficking Rs. 20,000/-
  • Kidnap Rs. 20,000/-
  • Acid Attacks Rs.1,00,000/-
  • Hacked or Throat Slit Rs.50,000/-
Year-wise Statement showing the Financial Relief sanctioned to the victims of Atrocities
Vide G.O.Ms.No.1, Dt.03.01.2003 Govt. have issued a comprehensive policy and action plan covering various aspects such as Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of victims of trafficking
At State Level, State Level Co-ordination Committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to Government and District Level Co-ordination Committees under the Chairmanship of Dist. Collectors have been constituted for review and strengthen the rescue and rehabilitation measures to address trafficking
The Regional Network on Anti-Trafficking was constituted in Rayalaseema Region during 2004 with District officials of Kadapa, Anantapur, and Chittoor districts with a common action plan to prevent trafficking and evolve a standardized approach and strategy to combat trafficking of women and girls. The same initiative has been replicated in Guntur and Prakasam Districts of Coastal Region during 2005
With a view to provide holistic care for rescued victims, Government of Andhra Pradesh has issued orders vide G.O.Ms.No.16, Dt. 24.04.2010 of WD,CW & DW(WP) Dept. prescribing minimum standards of care for institutions and service providers who are providing care, protection and rehabilitation facilities to rescued victims of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking
As a critical preventive measure orders have been issued to use the funds sanctioned under Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY) on priority for training adolescent girls in identified vulnerable pockets of trafficking
GOAP vide G.O.Ms.No.14 dt. 23.05.2008 of WD,CW&DW(ICDS) Dept. has issued orders reserving 70% of seats in the diploma courses in Women Technical Training Institution (Polytechnic), Hyderabad for orphans, destitute including trafficked victims. For the last 4 years 46 trafficked victims were admitted in the WTTI
“YUVA” a centre for adolescents & youth has been established in 7th July 2010 at Niloufer Hospital to provide counseling on all adolescents issues. The Health and Family Welfare Department has scaled up the same scheme in districts under NRHM and at present 695 YUVA clinics are functioning in the State
4.Ujjwala Scheme
The Ministry of W&CD, New Delhi formulated UJJWALA-a Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. This Scheme provides food, shelter, clothing, counseling and legal aid to the inmates of Ujjwala Homes
List Of Ujjwala Homes
5.Swadhar Scheme
The Swadhar Scheme purports to address the specific vulnerability of each group of women in difficult circumstances through a Home-based holistic and integrated approach. State intervention available through old age home, short stay home, Nari Niketan etc., cover only a fringe of the problems of such women. Therefore a scheme known as ‘Swadhar’ has been designed with a more flexible and innovative approach to cater to the requirement of various types of women in distress in diverse situations under different conditions
Swadhar aims at covering the primary needs of shelter, food, clothing, and care besides emotional support, counselling and a package for rehabilitation and reintegration specifically for the Women and girls rescued from trafficking. The Home strength is ranging from 50 - 200 beneficiaries. Presently 19 Homes are implementing the Scheme
List of Swadhar homes
6.Women Institutions
Institutions are being run under the scheme viz., Service Homes, State Homes, Rescue Homes, Working Women (WW) Hostel, Old Age Home and Home for Collegiate Girls
Rescue Home:
The rescue home was sanctioned under S.I.T.A. Act, (Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act) to accommodate women who are rescued by the Police and are facing trial in the court and are given shelter during the trail period. At present on Rescue Home is functioning at Kukatpally, Hyderabad with sanctioned strength of 30 inmates. During their stay, they are provided free shelter, food, clothing, medical care and training in skill development
Service Homes:
These homes have sanctioned capacity of 50 to 150 women and 25 to 60 children. The main aim of the scheme is to provide rehabilitation to socially and economically deprived categories of women in the age group of 18-45 years. They are provided free food, shelter and clothing and allowed stay for a period of 3 years. During this period the inmates are given formal education and necessary skill training in various trades to establish their self-employment units
State Homes:
These homes have sanctioned capacity of 75 women and 25 children each. These homes are meant for Women discharged from Correctional Institutions and Women in distress. They are provided free food, shelter and clothing and allowed to stay for a period of 3 years. During their stay formal education and employment oriented training is imparted. Most of the candidates are referred by the Police Department under various cases like child marriage, rape, kidnapping etc
Working Women's Hostels:
There are16 Working Women Hostels functioning in the State. These hostels are self- reliant and managed on co-operative basis and provide food, shelter and other facilities including security to the middle class working women on payment of the charges prescribed by the Government. The sanction strength of WW hostels vary from 45 to 80 inmates
Old age Homes for Women:
The Department is having two Homes functioning in the State, one at Hyderabad and Chittoor. These Homes provide peaceful and comfortable living for the Old destitute Women of above 60 years of age with food, shelter and clothing. Sanctioned strength of these Homes is 30 each. Women above 60 years are given free shelter, food, and clothing for their entire life span
Homes for Collegiate Girls:
There are 6 homes functioning in the State at Vizianagaram, Tanuku, Guntur, Tirupati, Warangal and Hyderabad. The intake capacity of these homes range from 30-60. The inmates of Children Homes in the age group of 15 to20 years who have passed 10th class are given admission to persue their higher studies, and allowed to stay for a maximum period of 5 years. During this period they are provided free shelter, food, books and clothing
7.Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act-2005
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act – 2005 and Rules 2006 have come into force w.e.f. 26-10-2006. Under the Act the following abuses are considered as Domestic Violence
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Verbal and Emotional Abuse
  • Economic Abuse
To protect the aggrieved woman from the respondents who are causing domestic violence, the following relief orders are provided through Judiciary system
  • Protection Order (Section 18)
  • Residence Order (Section 19)
  • Monetary Relief Order (Section 20)
  • Custody Order (Section 21)
  • Compensation Order (Section 22)
  • Ex-Parte Order (Section 23)
In order to effective implementation of PWDV Act’2005 the Department of Women Development & Child Welfare, Telangana has taken the following initiatives
  • The Project Directors (23), DW&CDAs of WD&CW Dept., and Revenue Divisional Officers (81) of Revenue Dept., are appointed as Protection Officers under this Act
  • The Government appointed 72 NGOs as Service Providers through G.O.Ms.No.18, WD CW & DW, Department, dated. 6-8-2007
  • In every Dist., DV Cells are established with the following supporting staff i.e, counselors(2), DEO(1) and Home Guards(2) vide G.O.Rt.No.220, WD,CW&DW(WP) Dept., Dt.21.08.2007. Further Counselors(2), DEO (1) & Jr.Asst (1) were sanctioned to the Commissionerate of WD&CW Dept.
  • Short Stay Homes of AP State Social Welfare Board, Hyderabad and all the homes of WD&CW Dept., are being used as shelter homes
  • Vide G.O.Ms.No.19 , WCD&SC(WP), Dept., Dt.19.05.2014, all the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Govt. Hospitals of Medical and Health Dept., are notified to provide free medical facility under Domestic Violence Act
8.Dowry Prohibition Act
The GOI enacted the “Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961” with a view to discourage the traditional system of giving Dowry which is the root cause for victimization of women
As per the provisions under Central Act, the Govt., of Andhra Pradesh vide G.O.Ms.No.72, Dt:17-11-1998 have framed Rules for implementation of Dowry Prohibition Act
Government have appointed Revenue Divisional Officers/Sub Collectors as Dowry Prohibition Officers in exercise of the powers conferred by section 10 of the DPA Act 61. The Revenue Divisional Officers have been conferred with following powers
  • to register cases
  • to examine the witnesses
  • to investigate cognizable offences
  • to arrest if prima-facie case is made out
  • to send the accused to remand within 24 hours
  • to search and sieze, if any incriminating material concerning the offence is forth coming
Vide G.O.Ms.No.117, Dt.12.12.1997 “District Level ADVISORY BOARDS” have been constituted under the Chairmanship of District Collector for purpose of assisting the Dowry Prohibition Officers to perform their duties and discharge of powers under the Act
As per G.O.Ms.No.8, Dt.27.01.1998, “State Level ADVISORY BOARD” was constituted, in order to review the functioning of Dowry Prohibition Officers and the District Advisory Boards and to make suggestion and recommendations to Government
9.Sexual Harrasment of Women at Work place
The Government of India has enacted the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (Act 14 of 2013) to provide protection against sexual harassment of women at work place
In accordance to the Act, every employer (HOD) of the work place in writing, by order should constitute “Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) at all administrative units where employees are more than 10 members. In every district, the District Officer should constitute “Local Complaint Committee” to receive the complaints from any establishment having less than 10 employees or when the complaint is against the employer
10.The Prohibition of Child Marriages Act,2006
The government in order to eradicate child marriages has enacted the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act,2006 and also framed rules vide G.O.Ms.No.13 Dept WCD&SC, dt-13.03.2012. For effective implementation of the Act, “Child Marriages Prohibition Officers” (CMPO) were appointed and also constituted Village Child Marriage Prohibition & Monitoring Committees
Reference: G.O.Ms.No.13 Dept WCD&SC, dt-13.03.2012
11.INDIRA GANDHI MATRITVA SAHYOG YOJANA (IGMSY) (A Conditional Maternity Benefit Scheme)
IGMSY is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, approved by the GOI in October, 2010, under which the grant – in –aid is released to States / UTs. It is a conditional cash transfer scheme to be piloted initially in 52 districts across the country. The Scheme is implemented using the platform of ICDS. In Telangana, the scheme is being implemented in the selected districts of West Godavari and Nalgonda

Objectives of IGMSY
To improve the health and nutrition status of Pregnant and Lactating (P & L) women and their young infants by

i. Promoting appropriate practices, care and service utilization during pregnancy, safe delivery and lactation

ii. Encouraging women to follow (optimal) Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices including early and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months

iii. Contributing to better enabling environment by providing cash incentives for improved health and nutrition to pregnant and lactating women

Target Beneficiaries
i. Pregnant & Lactating women of 19 years of age and above for their first 2 live births

  • The legal age of marriage in India for women is 18 years and hence the age criterion for child birth has been taken as 19 years. This is to encourage marriage and child birth at the right age
  • To ensure that the health of the woman is not compromised due to repeated pregnancies and to promote family planning

ii. All Government/Public Sector Undertakings (Central & State) employees are excluded from the Scheme as they are entitled for paid maternity leave. The wives of such employees are also excluded from the Scheme

Payment Conditionalities, installments and means of verifications