Working Women Hostel

 
         
Working Women Hostel

As a developing nation, India goes through various progressive changes every now and then, be it political, social or economic.  
With the progression, we can see, more and more women are willing to break the norms set by society and live up to their capabilities.
 
And like everything else, it has its own ups and downs. On one hand, women empowerment is in full swing and on the other hand, for women leaving their homes and moving out to different cities in search of employment, concerns of safety and security are easily raised.
 
The Government of India came forward with the scheme of working women hostels in which employed women inhabiting different cities are provided with safe and easily accessible accommodations.
 
The scheme was introduced in 1972-73 grant-in- aid for construction of new/ expansion of existing buildings for providing hostel facilities to working women in cities, smaller towns and also in rural areas where employment opportunities for women exist. (wcd.nic.in).
 
Objective:
  1. As safety being the main concern, the objective of the scheme is to provide the working women with safe and conveniently located accommodation, with day care facilities for their children.
  2. Wherever the opportunities of employment exist, be it urban, rural, or semi-rural, accommodations are provided.
  3. Hostels are provided irrespective of caste, religion, marital status,etc.
However, applicants are required to fulfill the eligibility criteria explained below in order to get the accommodation under the scheme.
 
Who is eligible?
  1. In accordance with the scheme, the working women who are widowed, single, divorced, separated are eligible to apply for hostels. 
  2. The women whose husbands live in some other city or who do not have any kin residing in the same city also come under the scheme.
  3. Physically handicapped women are also permitted.
  4. Women who are under any sort of job training can also apply for the same. However the allotment is done  under the condition that there is a vacancy left after accommodating working women.
  5.   And the number of trainees must not exceed the 30% mark  of the total capacity of the hostel.
  6. The scheme also provides accommodation to women who come from underserved communities or fall below the poverty line.
  7. Furthermore the scheme is open to women who have children, in this case the criteria takes the age of the children under consideration.
 A girl child must not be older than 18 years whereas the boy child must be less than or 5 years old.
 
Eligibility based on Income Limit: 
  1. The gross income of the women seeking  residence in the 
hostels must not exceed Rs. 50,000 / month in case of metropolitan cities.
  1. For non-metropolitan cities, towns or any other rural areas, the gross income must not exceed Rs 35000 / month .
  2.  If the income of the woman inhabiting the hostel exceeds the set limits, she will have to vacate the hostel within the  
Period of 6 months.
The period of Tenancy:
  1. As per the scheme, the maximum time allotted  for the applicants to reside in the hostel is 3 years.
  2. However, under certain circumstances, a written permission from District Administration could allow the  continuation of inhabitation with an extension of only 6 months.
  3. Under no circumstances, would an applicant be allowed to stay  for more than 5 years.
Room Allotment and Rent:
A monthly rent is charged as per the number of  rooms occupied by the applicant.  The criteria is as follows.
  1. Single Bedroom: The rent charged in case of a single bedroom must not exceed 15% of the applicant’s wage.
  2. Double Bedroom: Applicants occupying the double bedroom are to be charged  10% of their gross remuneration.
  3. Dormitories: In case of dormitories, the rent must not exceed 7.5% of the gross salaries of the applicants.
  4. Day Care Services Charges: For women availing the day care services, the charges must not exceed 5% of the gross income.
The aforementioned details do not include the charges for other services like mess facilities, for them the applicant has to pay extra to the hostel authorities.
The respective association or institute is responsible for paying the rent in case of women undertaking job training. However, it does not incorporate the mess charges or any other service charge.
 
The procedure to apply: 
  1. To apply for the scheme, the applicant is required to acquire the form from District Women Welfare Committee
  2. The applicant is then required to submit the form along with all the supporting documents after filling out the form to the Ministry of women and child development.
The applications would only be entertained if they satisfy the eligibility criteria.
 
Agencies and the criteria: Who can apply for assisting the scheme?
 
Agencies such as 
  1. State Government agencies that include Women Finance Corporations, Women Development Corporations can apply for the Working Women Hostel Scheme. 
  2. Urban Municipal Bodies such as Cantonment Boards
  3. Panchayati Raj Institutions
  4.  Self Help Groups
  5. Recognized Colleges and Universities
  6. Civil Society Organisations can apply for Working Women Hostel Scheme as well provided these agencies or organizations have a proven track record of working in the field of women's welfare or social welfare or women's education, under the condition that these agencies or organizations are registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act of 1860 or any pertinent State Act.
  7. Public Trusts that are registered under any law (from the time being in force), and 
Co-operative institutions that meet the following criteria i.e., 
 
  • they should either be recognized by the State or Union Territory administration under any existing scheme or law or they should be well established and have the required experience of working in the field for no less than 3 years, and its work that is reported to the concerned State Government or Union Territory Administration should be up to the mark.
  • they should have a managing body constituted with people that are adequate and the managing body should clearly define and lay down its power, duties, and responsibilities.
  • they should be active for at least three years in the field of women's welfare or social welfare or women's education prior to the request for grant (as mentioned under the scheme).
  • they should have a stable financial position.
  • they should have ample facilities, resources, personnel and experience to undertake and manage such a project.
  • they should run the day care centre on a non-profit basis for nursery school children.
  • Associations or corporations such as CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI and so on abide by the condition that in addition to their female employees, the other working women are also provided accommodation in the hostel under this scheme. 
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development as well as the State Governments may build hostels and lease them to organizations or agencies having experience for a sufficient period of time on their own, for management of its operations and functions as per the norms stated in the scheme. The State Government may seek assistance,if required, as per the norms stated in the scheme.
Funding flow responsibility:
 
At the central level The Ministry of Women and Child Development controls the budget and administration of the scheme. 
The funds are transferred to integrated funds of the State Government by the ministry. 
Release of grant to the implementing  agencies:
Funds shall be released in three instalments by the State Government/ UT Administration, in the ratio of 50:40:10 based on the progress of the work . The one- time grant for purchase of furniture and common area facilities shall be released with the final instalment of 10% of the construction cost. (According to wcd.nic.in)
 
  • First installment is done as soon as the project is sanctioned for the construction.
  • Second installment is released once the previous installment as well as its proportionate share of cost in the construction of hostels is spent by the implementing agency.
The request for releasing the second installment is done on the basis of the certificate from the District Administration showcasing the progress of the construction, utilization certificate of the previous installments and some other documents comprising required statements and photographs.
 
  • The third installment of 10% as well as the aforementioned  one grant purchase is released on the completion of the project, provided that the agency submits all the required certificates, statements and photographs.
Release of grant to the hostels in Rented Premises:
 
The grant is released on the yearly basis and installments are done in the following manner.
 
  • First installment is done on the sanctioning of the project which is accompanied by fresh rent agreement with the proprietor and 2 coloured photographs of the hostel with the name board stating that the women working is being operated with the financial help of WCD.
  • Second installment is released on the submission of the Utilization certificate as well as the scrutinized accounts of the previous accounts.  
 It also requires other reports by district administration mentioning the details of the current condition of the  hostel and amenities provided in the hostel along with the data of the current occupancy.
 
Half yearly reports of the previous year are also required to be submitted.
  • One time grant for the purchase of furniture etc, is released by the concerned state government with the first year’s installment
  • The hostels in rented premises are reviewed after every two years. 
  Financial assistance for continuation of the hostel for next   two years is proceeded if approved by the concerned state government with the same procedure as mentioned above.
 
How will it benefit the beneficiaries?
 
Schemes like these surely help the nation in its effort to empower the women. The scheme would also help in reducing the crime rate as these provide safe accommodation to the women. Moreover this acts as a positive reinforcement and an encouragement to the women who are willing to work and take charge of their life.
 
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By shristi | Updated on Tue, September 29, 2020 - 10:28:13 AM


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