Worldwide the size of the elderly population is fast growing and in India as well the scenario is not different. It is envisaged that by 2031, 11.9 % of the Indian population will be geriatric (S.I.Rajan, 2006: Population Aging and Health In India).This segment of population faces multiple medical and psychological problems. Owing to various reasons, number of households with senior citizens in need of skilled external help to manage their daily activities is rising in all metropolitan cities including Kolkata. And, the demand of trained help with proper knowledge of handling the elderly persons suffering with age related ailments and problems are huge in comparison to their availability. At present, mostly untrained and unskilled domestic help caters to this demand. And, occurrence of breach of security by such domestic help is not uncommon especially in metropolitan cities. There is emerging need to pay greater attention to issues related to ageing and to promote /facilitate schemes which will prove beneficial to the senior citizens.
Considering these factors it is felt that there is acute need of properly trained and skilled workforce who can provide quality care to aged persons whether ailing or healthy and whether living on their own or with their family.
Hence, this scheme “Bharosa-Geriatric Care” under Swawlamban Scheme of the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal is being framed. This scheme not only caters to the need of the elderly people but will also provide employment opportunity to the women who are keen to join this profession.
Eligibility of Implementing Agency
Project Approval Committee (PAC)
For the purpose of final sanction of projects at the State level under the scheme, a “Project Approval Committee (PAC) for Swawlamban ” under the Chairmanship of HMOS (IC) of the Department has been constituted by the Department of CD and WD & SW, Govt. of W.B.
Mode of Release of Fund
Fund will be released to NGOs/Trust/Institutions/Organisations in three instalments after execution of “Bond Agreement”, submission of “list of selected trainees & trainers” and “broad sheet with quotations of fixed assets.
The 1st instalment will comprise of 100% of non-recurring grant & 50% of recurring grant out of the total sanctioned project cost.
The 2nd instalment comprising of balance 40% of recurring grant will be released subsequently on receipt of the following documents from the Implementing Agency through the District Authority in case of district and directly by WBWDU in case of KOLKATA.
The 3rd instalment comprising of the remaining 10% of recurring grant will be released subsequently on receipt of the verified Post Training Placement Report and analysis of the performance of the NGOs/Trust/Institutions/Organisations along with documents similar to that of 2nd instalment.
In this connection please consult details booklet on release of fund for 1st 2nd, 3rd instalment of fund.