Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today mooted the idea of trifurcating the sate Social Welfare Department into three Directorates to ensure proper development through timely intervention.
Chairing a review meeting of the Social Welfare Department, the Chief Minister asked the Additional Chief Secretary to prepare a proposal to facilitate creation of three Directorates for welfare of women, children and for specially challenged persons under the Department.
He called on the department officials to take up more welfare oriented schemes in line with Central schemes.
“The need of the hour is to lend more transparency and accountability to help the Department render its services effectively for the welfare of women, children and specially challenged persons”, he said.
Sonowal also directed the authorities to go for ‘online’ and ‘e-tendering’ and take more measures to stop gender based discrimination.
The Chief Minister sought performance reports of 230 Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS) and 62,158 Anganwadi Centres active in the state and also called for execution of all schemes on a mission mode and to ensure the 164 schemes undertaken by voluntary organisations were monitored to assess their effectiveness.
The Chief Minister was apprised that the state has received Rs 527 crore under ICDS and Rs 336 crore under Special Nutrition Project (SNP) with top priority being given for their early completion.