Parliament Q&A: Schemes For Welfare Of Women

There are a number of Schemes being implemented by various Ministries of the Government of India through State Governments/UT Administrations which allocate and disburse funds for schemes for welfare of women in distress like aged single women, widows with no support as well as young women from very poor background. The major schemes of Government of India are as under:

Swadhar Greh Scheme

Swadhar Greh Scheme envisions a supportive institutional framework for women victims of difficult circumstances so that they could lead their life with dignity and conviction.

Home for Widows

A Home for Widows has been set up in Vrindavan, UP with a capacity of 1000 inmates to provide widows a safe and secure place of stay, health services, nutritious food, legal and counseling services.

Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)

The Ministry of Rural Development is implementing Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS) under which Pension Scheme for Widows as well as Pension Scheme for the Elderly below poverty line are operated.

The Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme

The Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development aims to empower rural women through community participation and to create an environment in which they realize their full potential.

Prime Minister Awaas Yojana (PMAY-G)

The Prime Minister Awaas Yojana (PMAY-G) of Ministry of Rural Development and the Prime Minister Awaas Yojana (PMAY-U) of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs aims at providing affordable housing to women beneficiaries also.


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is implementing the “DeendayalAntyodayaYojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM)”, to reduce poverty and vulnerability of urban poor, households by enabling them to access self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities.

This information was given by Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on March 6.