The operations of ‘Swabhiman,' a software-based scheme pioneered by the district administration to avail the service of skilled workers for household needs on call, will shortly be brought under a new body named Swabhiman Social Service and Charitable Society. The society is being formed as part of extending more benefits to the employees enrolled under the scheme.

A 14-member committee headed by District Collector P.B. Salim will control the activities of the new society. District Labour Officer and a seven-member panel of labourers too will be part of the governing body.

As many as 120 workers aligned to the Swabhiman project will initially get the benefit of the new move, which aims to give medical allowances, insurance coverage, and educational grants to the members and their dependents. According to officials, the formal registration process will be completed within two weeks.

“Along with the formation of the new society, the Swabhiman project will look into the possibility of launching a new service in the home nursing sector,” said programme coordinator P. Chandrashekharan. “As part of the initiative, we will enrol trained home nursing staff to the scheme and avail their service to the needy on call,” he adds.

As per the existing plan, home nurses trained under a special scheme of the district panchayat will be given first priority.

According to officials, the panchayat has already agreed to impart free training for more unemployed girls in home nursing and enrol them under the Swabhiman scheme.

Measures are also on to launch the scheme in Vadakara and Koyilandy taluks within three months by opening two service centres. Presently the benefit of the project, which is operated through a state-of-the-art website designed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), is limited to people within the Corporation limits. With the extension of the scheme to Koyilandy and Vadakara taluks, it is expected to generate more employment opportunities to skilled labourers in rural areas.

Presently, Swabhiman call centre at Civil Station here get an average of 20 to 30 calls regularly in search of various services. The number of enquiries coming in through SMS and the portal —www.swabhiman.gov.in — are also on the increase.

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