The Social Justice Department was established on 9th September 1975 for ensuring justice to the disadvantaged sections of the society and for the implementation of social welfare programmes and services in Kerala. It also provides social security for the Aged and infirm through a network of organisations, residential institutions and non-institutional schemes.
The Directorate of Social Justice is the main arm of the Social Justice Department. The Directorate is the State Government machinery, which acts as the nodal implementing organisation for all the programmes of the State Government as well as programmes of Central Government. The Department also ensures proper implementation of important social welfare legislation through the Directorate. Various kinds of financial assistances to the needy in the State are also provided through the Directorate.
The Department initiates and implements welfare programme and services for target population: -
Women in need and distress
Differently abled and mentally challenged persons
Women and Children
Orphans and neglected children
Above all, the department promotes flagship programmes for women and awareness generation programmes to the public through the Social Justice Directorate. An important feature of the Social Justice Department is that all the weaker sections of the society viz. destitute, senior citizens, differently abled, mentally challenged, ex- convicts, prisoners, women, children etc. either directly or indirectly are the beneficiaries through the department.
Since its inception, the Social Justice Department holds major status of by expanding its sphere of activities and providing more facilities and welfare measures to the needy persons of the State.
To move on to a caring and equitable society in which senior citizens, persons with disabilities and victims of abuse lead productive, safe and dignified lives; women live with dignity contributing as equal partners in development in an environment free from violence and discrimination; and children are well nurtured with full opportunities for growth and development in a safe and protective environment.
To empower senior citizens, persons with disabilities, victims of abuse and destitutes through capacity building, economic and social development and rehabilitation as appropriate; to empower women through policies and programmes; to ensure development, care and protection of children; and to create an enabling environment for social justice.
1. Lay foundation for the development of children below 6 years.
2. Reach out to the uncared, the destitute, the elderly, the physically and mentally challenged and children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law.
3. Rehabilitation and economic development of persons with disabilities.
4. Protect women and children from sexual violence and trafficking.
5. Provide safe and protective environment for children and facilitate their participation in social processes.
6. Empowerment of women through socio economic development.
7. Shelter, protection and rehabilitation support through care institutions.
8. Facilitate equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation of Persons with Disabilities.
1. Overseeing implementation of social legislations such as Orphanages and Other Charitable Homes (Supervision and Control) Act, 1960, The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956. Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act (Act 44 of 1999), Juvenile Justice Care & Protection of Children) Act 2015, Probation of Offenders Act 1958, Dowry Prohibition Act 1961 and Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal), Act 2013.
2. Framing of rules in respect of relevant legislations.
3. Formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for (a.) Persons with Disabilities (b.) Senior Citizens (c.) Women (d.) Children (e.) Nutrition (f.) Recommend financial assistance for NGOs working in the sector and monitor grant in aid received and administered.
4. Review implementation of centrally sponsored schemes and claim central assistance.
5. Approve, monitor and review all State plan schemes.