Dr.Susheela.B, I.A.S
Chief Executive Officer,
Zilla Panchayath, Dharwad

Today :20/04/2021

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After re-organization of states, Government, by super seeding all the previous orders of erstwhile states in their Order dated 18-10-1956 have created the Directorate of Social Welfare with the Director of Social Welfare as the head of the department having jurisdiction for the entire state. He was also made responsible for all the amelioration measures connected with over all development of the conditions of the Scheduled castes. The Director of Social Welfare is an officer in the senior scale of IAS.


Over the years the Scheduled caste people were ill treated by the society and institutions. This was because; they were powerless to influence key decisions affecting their lives. In essence one could define Scheduled caste people were those who experienced multiple deprivations. They were denied of choices and opportunities for living a tolerable life. They were lacked of adequate food and shelter, education and health. These people have been generally described as those falling outside the VARNA system. They were untouchables and had been integral to dominant communities in the village and cities. Since the traditional occupations pursued by the Scheduled caste people were at the root of low social status. To put these Scheduled caste people in to mainstream of development, it is as to why the Department of Social Welfare came into limelight with an intention to develop the Scheduled caste people in the state.


  • After the introduction of Zilla Parishad Act 1984, all the programmes of the department at district level are being implemented by the Zilla Panchayats. Dist.Social Welfare Officer of the cadre of group ‘A’ junior scale is head of the Social Welfare Office at the district level and he will assist the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat in Social Welfare programmes.

  • Taluka Social Welfare Officer of the cadre of group ‘B’ scale is head of the Social Welfare Office at the taluka level and he with the assistance of the ministrial staff is responsible for implementing the Social Welfare programmes.


Social Welfare Department is implementing four types of schemes to uplift the Scheduled Castes.

  1. Educational programmes
  2. Employment and Training programmes
  3. Social upliftment programmes
  4. Economic upliftment programmes
  • 1. Educational programmes
    1. Residential /Ashram Schools
    2. Keeping in view the Socio-economic background of the parents and to give good environment for school going children, these residential schools have been started. In these schools there are 5 classes i.e from 1st standard to 5th standard .25 children will be admitted to each class.


      1.Food Rs 600 per month
      2.Two pairs of uniform at the cost of Rs 200.
      3. Hair oil, soap etc Rs 15 per month
      4. Washing allowance Rs 10 per month
      5. Hair cut Rs 25 per year
      6. Bedding Rs 300 (once in 3 years)

      There are 02 residential / ashrama schools (both sc and st) are working in the District.

    3. Pre metric hostels
    4. To provide boarding and lodging facilities to SC children these hostels were started. In these hostels admission will be given to the children who are studying in 5th,6th , 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th standard .


      1.Food Rs 750 per month
      2.Two pairs of uniform at the cost of Rs 400.
      3. Hair oil, soap etc Rs 40 per month
      4. Bedding Rs 400 ( once in 3 years)
      5. Hair cut Rs 40 per year
      6. Stationery Rs 250 (once in 3 years)

      There are 15 Premetric hostels (both SC and ST) are working in the District. And 6 Grant in aid hostels working in the District.(both SC and ST)

    5. Postmetric hostels
    6. With a view to provide hostel facilities to college going students from the rural areas these hostels were started.


      1.Food : Rs.850 per month (met out of Govt. of India scholarship and extra boarding and lodging charges). There are 09 Post metric hostels (both sc and st) are working in the District.

    7. Scholarships
    8. In addition to the schemes explained above, award of scholarship was introduced as an incentive, encouragement and facilitate them for further studies. Such scholarships are being awarded from 1st standard to till completion of the studies.

      Regular scholarship

      1.1st standard to 5th standard : Rs 250 per year

      2.6th standard to 7th standard : Rs 250 per year for boys and Rs.350 per year for girls

      3.8th standard to 10th standard : Rs 500 per year for boys and Rs.700 per year for girls

      Govt. of India post-metric scholarship (in rupees)

      Hostellers Dayscholars
      Group-A (Medical, Engg.) 1200 550
      Group-B (PG Degree.) 820 530
      Group-C (Degree) 570 300
      Group-D (PUC) 380 230
    9. Prize money
    10. Award of prize money was introduced as an incentive, encouragement and facilitate the meritorious students those who passed the final exam in first attempt and with first class

      1.PUC 750
      3.Degree Rs 1000
      1.PUC 750

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