Pandemic Support to Distressed Women, Transgender by the Government

In view of the difficulties faced by the vulnerable sections of society like marginalized, distressed women, transgenders and short statured people, as a result of the ongoing pandemic caused by Covid, the Government of West Bengal in the Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare under the guidance and direction of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Bandyopadhyay has launched a series of programme for providing One Time Assistance to them.

The Assistance comprising of food articles in the form of 5 Kgs of Rice and 2 Kgs of Potatoes to every individual. The target of the Department is to reach out to around 7000 distressed women in Kolkata and a Total of around 16,830 women, 5350 Transgender and 5687 Short Statured people throughout the state. The programme in Kolkata is being implemented in collaboration with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

The One Time Assistance Programme was inaugurated by Dr Shashi Panja,  Hon’ble Minister in Charge , Department of Women & Child Development and Social Welfare, Government of West Bengal on 9th June 2021 from Dilip Mazumdar Smriti Bhawan, 242 Kalighat Road Kolkata. Around 400 distressed women are provided One Time Assistance on the first day. On the following days Assistance will be distributed from different venues in Kolkata like Nilmoni Mitra Street, Chetla , Bowbazar, Watgunge etc. selected on the basis of their accessibility to the beneficiaries.