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The Social Justice Directorate is the nodal agency for implementing various schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of Govt. of India for Women & Children, Differently Abled and Senior Citizens.

The Directorate is the main body for implementing various social legislations pertaining to the weaker sections of the society.

The legislations are:-


Orphanages & Other Charitable Home (Supervision & Control) Act, 1960
Various Laws Relating to Adoption
The Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000
The Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2006
Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006

Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1986
Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

Differently Abled

Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995
National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disability Act, 1999

Senior Citizens
Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007

Social Defence
Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
The Kerala Borstal Schools Act, 1961
Kerala Prisons Rules  (Provision for the Release and Rehabilitation)

Moreover it promotes flagship programmes for women and creates general awareness among the public about the welfare measures adopted by the state for the upliftment of the needy class. In addition to this, the Directorate owned various institution for the distressed women, children, senior citizens, differently abled, mentally cured and destitute.

The Directorate presently runs 77 such institutions at various districts of the State.

The major schemes implemented by the Directorate are

1 . Central Government Schemes

  • Ujjawala
  • National Awards for child welfare
  • Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award
  • Scheme for prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse
  • Grant-in-aid under the Deendayal disabled scheme
  • Grant-in-aid programmes for older persons
  • Assistance to disabled persons for purchase or/ fitting aids and appliances
  • Scheme for substance ( drug ) abuse and prevention
  • Integrated programme for older persons
  • Vayoshreshta Samman Award for the Aged
  • National Award for the best-disabled employees and institutions employing them.
  • Awards to individuals and organizations in the service of women.
  • Udisha Training Programme
  • Nutrition Programme For Adolescent Girls ( NPAG)
  • An Integrated Scheme for street children
  • Scheme for welfare of children in need of care and protection
  • Child line services
  • National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement
  • Kishori Sakthi Yojana
  • Integrated Child Development Services
  • Anganwadi Karyakartri Bima Yojana
  • Sisu Greh Scheme
  • Integrated Child Protection Services

2 . State Government Schemes

  • Assistance to local self-governments to start old-age homes and day care centers.
  • Grant-in-aid to orphanages
  • Flagship Programme on finishing school for women
  • Flagship Programme for gender awareness
  • Anganwadi workers and helpers awards
  • State award to best employees, employers and institutions for differently abled
  • Registration of special schools
  • World disabled day celebrations
  • Marriage Assistance to differently abled women and to daughters of differently abled parents
  • Distress relief fund for the disabled
  • Grant-in-aid to voluntary organizations running homes for the differently abled
  • Financial assistance to blind and orthopaedically handicapped advocates
  • Scholarships for disabled students
  • Benefits to Anganwadi workers and Helpers through welfare fund.
  • Assistance to widow remarriage
  • Assistance to women prisoners
  • Nutrition Supplement to HIV affected women and children
  • Grant-in-aid to Ex-convicts and Ex-pupils, probationers and ex-inmates
  • Victim Rehabilitation Scheme
  • Vocational Training in Tailoring, DTP, Book Binding, Leather Work, MS Office, Mobile Phone Repairing, Printing, Computer Software and Hardware to Disabled
  • Assistance to Care Givers of Bedridden Persons
  • Schemes for providing Disability Certificate
  • Counselling Services to Adolescent Girls
  • Higher Studies of Sponsorship programmes for Children's of Juvenile Justice Institution
  • Marriage Placement & Rehabilitation of Inmates of Welfare Institutions
  • Financial Support to pregnant & lactating mothers for ensuring better childcare during pregnancy and after delivery
  • Care & Protection of discharged destitute patients from hospitals