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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. The Swadhar Scheme purports to address the specific vulnerability of each of group of women in difficult circumstances through a Home-based holistic and integrated approach.


The following shall be the objectives of the scheme:

To provide primary need of shelter, food, clothing and care to the marginalized women/girls living in difficult circumstances who are without any social and economic support;

  To provide emotional support and counseling to such women;

To rehabilitate them socially and economically through education, awareness, skill up gradation and personality development through behavioral training etc.;

To arrange for specific clinical, legal and other support for women/girls in need of those intervention by linking and networking with other organizations in both Govt. & Non-Govt. sector on case to case basis;

To provide for help line or other facilities to such women in distress; and

To provide such other services as will be required for the support and rehabilitation to such women in distress.



The following shall be the target group beneficiaries of the scheme:

Widows deserted by their families and relatives and left uncared near religious places where they are victims of exploitation;

Women prisoners released from jail and without family support

Women survivors of natural disaster who have been rendered homeless and are without any social and economic support;

Trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from brothels or other places or women/girl victims of sexual crimes who are disowned by family or who do not want to go back to respective family for various reasons;

Women victims of terrorist/extremist- violence who are without any family support and without any economic means for survival;

Mentally challenged women (except for the psychotic categories who require care in specialized environment in mental hospitals) who are without any support of family or relatives.

Women with HIV/AIDS deserted by their family or women who have lost their husband due to HIV/AIDS and are without social/economic support; or

Similarly placed women in difficult circumstances.



The implementing agencies can be the Social Welfare/Women and Child Welfare Department of State Government, Women’s Development Corporations, Urban Local Bodies, reputed Public/Private Trust or Voluntary Organisations who are willing to take up the responsibility of rehabilitating such women. The organization must have adequate experience and expertise of taking up such works or rehabilitation.


The implementing organizations must fulfill the following eligibility conditions:

The organisation should be registered under law and must have a properly constituted Managing Body with its powers, duties and responsibilities clearly defined and laid down in its Constitution;
The organisation must not work for the profit of any individual or body of individuals;
  It should ordinarily have three years experience after its registration.
  Its financial position should be sound;
  It should have facilities, resources, experience and personnel to initiate the scheme for which assistance is sought.

The implementing agencies may seek assistance for all the components as mentioned above under the scheme. However, assistance can be sought for a few components also provided that the other facilities are available and holistic care is provided by the organisation to the women in difficult circumstances.

For further details of the Scheme, visit website www.wcd.nic.in of Women & Child Development Department Government of India. 


Status of Swadhar in Haryana

To provide shelter, food, clothing, medical aid, emotional support, counseling and rehabilitation services to women and girls in difficult circumstances/ in distress, Govt. of India provides financial help to NGOs under Swadhar Scheme.Govt. of India has already provided assistance to various voluntary organisations in Haryana i.e. Core at Gurgaon, Bharat Vikas Sangh, Rohtak, Ramjas Sikha Samitte, Sonipat,Distt. Child Welfare Council , Kaithal, Chaubissi Vikas Sangh, Meham Distt. Rohtak but we have report for running Swadhar Centre at Rohtak by Bharat Vikas Sangh Rohtak at present.