Chandigarh: The Haryana Government is all set to implement a new scheme to protect destitute women, including those released from prison and HIV/AIDS patients.

"The scheme 'Swadhar Greh' is aimed at protecting women who are deserted and without any family support, widows, survivors of natural disasters, who have been rendered homeless and are without any social and economic support," Haryana Women and Child Development Minister Geeta Bhukkal said on Friday.

It would also cover women afflicted with HIV/AIDS, female prisoners released from jail and those who are without family, she said.

Women under social and economic family tension or discord, or those made to leave their homes without any means of subsistence and have no special protection from exploitation besides those facing litigation on account of marital disputes will also be covered.

Victims of human-trafficking will also be safeguarded along with girls rescued from brothels and other places where they face exploitation.

The new scheme has been formulated by the Central Government by merging the older schemes that is ‘Swadhar’ and Short Stay Home for women in difficult circumstances so that they could lead their life with dignity and conviction, she said.

Under the scheme, assistance would be given to various agencies or organisations to run 'Swadhar Greh' on non-profit basis. Organisations should have a proven track record of working in the field of women welfare and registered under the Indian Societies Act 1860 and Orphanages and other Charitable Homes Act, 1956.

Bhukkal said that grant for the construction of Swadhar Greh would be given to State Government agencies including Women Development Corporation, Municipal Corporation and Panchayati Raj Institutions.

The cost of construction would be shared by Central Government and State Government in the proportion of 75 percent and 25 percent respectively with the ceiling of Rs one lakh per resident for a home of 30 residents.


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