1.  Name of the Administrative Department:  Department of Social Security and Development of Women & Children

2.  Minister In charge:

Name e-mail Telephone Nos. Photograph
Office Residence Mobile
Smt. Aruna Chaudhary
Cabinet Minister


3.  Additional Chief Secretary / Financial Commissioner / Principal Secretary / Secretary of Administrative Department:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos.
Office Residence Mobile
Sh. Karan Bir Singh Sidhu
Special Chief Secretary
acssspunjab@gmail.com 0172 2740908


4. Head of Department:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos.
Office Residence Mobile
Smt. Kavita Singh, IAS dsswcd@rediffmail.com




5. Business Rules of the Department:

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Social Security Wing

  • All matters relating to the welfare of physically handicapped persons including:-
    • Institutional services for the blind, deaf and dumb and orthopedically handicapped
    • Scholarships to the handicapped students
    • Sheltered workshop
    • Prosthetic aid to the physically handicapped persons
    • Financial assistance to victims of chronic diseases
    • Educational and vocational facilities for the mentally retarded children
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Centers for the handicapped
    • Braille Press of Library for the visually handicapped
    • Policy regarding reservation for physically handicapped persons in the services
  • Eradication of beggary.
  • All measures for social security such as :-
    • Financial assistance to dependent children
    • Financial assistance to widow and destitute women
    • Financial assistance to permanently disabled persons
    • Pension to the aged and  the infirm; and
    • Institutional services for the aged
  • All matters relating to social research and training including establishment of Research-cum-Information Centers for conducting social survey and disseminating information, monitoring and evaluation and conducting of training programme for social workers.
  • All matters relating to the financial assistance in the shape of grant-in-aid to voluntary welfare organizations, State awards for persons or organizations working in the field of Social Welfare and Field Counseling for the improvement and expansion of programmes run by the Voluntary Welfare Organizations.
  • All matters relating to relief measures including :-
    • Care and maintenance of inmates in various Homes or infirmaries and privately managed relief institutions located in the State
    • Financial assistance for educational purposes to son, or wards or destitute displaced widows living outside Homes and Infirmaries
    • Payment to cash allowances to displaced persons living outside homes and infirmaries
    • Payment of stipends to trainees and outside doles
    • Settlement of old outstanding claims etc. in respect of defunct relief institutions
    • Training of inmates of Homes and Infirmaries in different vocational and professional courses
  • All matters relating to Social Health, anti-drug addiction measures and counseling services for families in distress and those affected by social atrocities and social maladies etc.

Department of Development of Women and Children

    • All matters relating to child welfare including:
      • Recreating facilities through Holidays Homes, Day Camp, Teens Tour Programmers and Children Clubs;
      • Institutional and non-institutional services for the orphaned, illegitimate, unclaimed and destitute children through orphanages, Ball Bhawans, foster-care and adoption services.
      • Integrated Child Development Services.
      • Crash Nutrition Programme including Supplementary Nutrition.
      • Family and Child Welfare Projects.
      • National Children’s Fund.
      • Institutional and non-institutional Services under the Juvenile Justice Act.1996.
      • All matters relating to the Administration of Child Marriage Restraint Act.1929.
      • Child budgeting.
    • All matters relating to Women including;
      • Welfare Extension Project for Women in rural areas.
      • Homes for widows and destitute women.
      • Hostels for working girls.
      • Nutrition and health services to the pregnant and lactating mothers.
      • Welfare measures for the women rescued from moral danger.
      • Setting up Protective Homes under Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act, 1956 and matters connected thereto.
      • After care services for the discharge of Correctional and Non-correctional Institutions
      • Anti dowry measures; and
      • Gender budgeting.
    • All matters relating to the Administration of the Punjab Women and Children Development and Welfare Corporation Act, 1979.
    • All matters relating to Women Empowerment.
    • Mahila Mandals.
    • Planning research, evaluation, monitoring and establishment of production and training centers for women and children.
    • Punjab State Commission for Women;
    • All kind of crimes against Women including;
        • Violence against Women.
        • Sexual harassment for women and;
        • The Commission of Sati Prevention Act, 1987.
    • All residual matters concerning the development of Women and Children.

6. Services provided by the Department:

  • Old Age Pensions
  • Financial Assistance to Widow and Destitute Women
  • Financial Assistance to Disabled
  • Financial Assistance to Dependent Children
  • Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension
  • ICDS Services
  • Bebe Nanki Ladli Beti Kalyan Scheme
  • Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme
  • Benefits for Adolescent girls under Kishori Shakti Yojna and Sabla
  • Maternity Benefits under Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojna
  • Adoption Services through State Adoption Resource Agency
  • Foster Care

For better understanding of services provided by the Department, kindly consult the allocation of business rules at Sr. No. 5

7.  Names of Board / Corporations / Commissions / Societies working under the control of the Administrative Department along with information of their Heads as under:

Name & Designation Telephone Nos. Official Website
Office Mobile
Smt. Paramjit Kaur Landran
Punjab State Women Commission
0172-2783607 9814524625
Sh. Sukesh Kalia
Punjab State Commission for
Protection of Child Rights
0172-2298093 9780511111 scpcrpunjab@gmail.com
Smt. Varinder Kaur Thandi
Punjab State Social Welfare Board
0172-2607867 9815448882 psswab@yahoo.co.in


For detailed information:

Department’s Website: www.pbsocialsecurity.gov.in