34 New Working Women Hostels sanctioned during last three years

New Delhi: Working Women Hostel Scheme aims at providing safe and affordable accommodation to working women. These hostels have Day care facility for the children of inmates too. As per the norms of the Scheme, financial assistance is provided to the eligible implementing organizations such as State Government agencies and Civil Society Organizations. Government of India gives 75% of the cost of construction of the hostel building for working women on public land as per the prescribed area norms and schedule of rate of the respective State Public Works Department. There is also a provision of extending financial assistance for hostels to be run in rented premises. Corporate houses or associations like CII, ASSOCHAM, FICCI etc., can also seek financial assistance for a matching grant (50:50) for hostel building construction on public land only. There is also a provision of one-time non-recurring grant @ Rs. 7500/- per inmate for purchase of furniture and furnishings.

Since its inception 940 hostels have been sanctioned under the scheme of Working Women Hostel all over the country. During the last three years and the current year 34 new hostels have been sanctioned. Ministry sanctions Working Women Hostels as per the need and recommendations received from the State Governments.

This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.