The proposal to set up a Ministry of Social Welfare has been abandoned. The Indian Conference of Social Work had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister recently urging constitution of a separate Ministry of Social Welfare in order to coordinate the social welfare activities of the various Ministries at the Centre and also in the States. The Government opinion is that social welfare work should as far as possible be handled by non-official agencies with cooperation from the Government. Mrs. Durgabai Deshmukh, Chairman of the Central Social Welfare Board, told UPI that one of the important items of work of the Board was to coordinate the assistance extended to social welfare activities by various Ministries in the Central and State Governments. Coordination, she added, with some of the Ministries of the Government of India and a number of all-India welfare organisations had been well established. The organisational network built up by the Board in the States had made it possible to embark upon large programmes of social welfare. A sum of Rs.24 crores had been set apart for the activities of the Board in the Second Plan period.