Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)

Social Protection Policy -National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and Associated Programme

Dated August 23, 2006

It has been decided to set up a Working Group on Social Protection Policy -National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and Associated Programmes for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

II. The composition of the Working Group will be as under:

1. Shri T, S. Sankaran Former Chairman Central Advisory Contract Labour Board No. 9, 3rd Seaward Road Valmiki Nagar Thiruvanmiur Chennai - 600041 Tele: 044 - 42084236. Chairman
2. Shri. R.K.A. Subrahmanya Secretary General Social Security Association of India Bangalore - 560078. Member
3. Prof. Sheila Bhalla Institute of Human Development New Delhi-110002 Member
4. Prof. Moneer Alam Institute of Economic Growth Delhi-110007. Member
5. Dr. S. Mahendra Dev, Director, Centre for Economics and Social Study Nizamiah Observatory Campus Bagumpet Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Tele: 040 - 6570480. Member
6. Dr. D. Rajasekhar Professor and Head of Department Centre for Decentralisation and Development Unit Institute of Social and Economic Change Nagarbhavi Bangalore - 560072 Tele: 080 - 23215468 / Ext. 416 Member
7. Dr. (Mrs) Renuka Viswanathan Secretary Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi-110001 Member
8. Smt. Sarita Prasad Secretary Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Shastri Bhavan New Delhi-110001 Member
9. Ms. Meenakshi Datta Ghosh Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj New Delhi-110001. Member
10. Shri R. Bandyopadhyay Adviser (RD) Planning Commission New Delhi-110001 Member
11. Shri Vijay Anand Secretary (Panchayati Raj) Government of Kerala Thiruvanathapuracm. Member
12. Shri G. B. Panda Adviser (Social Welfare) Planning Commission New Delhi-110001. Member
13. Shri Manohar Lai, Director General, Ministry of Labour, Shram Shakti Bhavan, New Delhi-110001. Member
14. Shri K.S. Vatsa Secretary (RD and Water Conservation Deptt) Government of Maharashtra Mumbai- 400032. Member
15. Mrs. Malovika Pawar Secretary (RD) SSO Building Secretariat Government of Rajasthan Jaipur Member
16. Ms. Nilam Sawhney Joint Secretary Ministry of Rural Development Krishi Bhavan New Delhi-110001 Member Secretary

III.  The terms of reference of the Working Group are as follows.

  1. To Consider the need for National Minimal Standards of public assistance in cases of old age, sickness, disablement and other cases of undeserved want.
  2. To examine all Central and State Schemes in operation for the poor, in cases of old age, untimely death of bread-earner, serious illness and for persons with disability and suggest a comprehensive framework for national policy and coordinated implementation of the policy by the Centre, States and Local Government Institutions.
  3. To examine the changes made in the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) since its inception and suggest measures for revising this programme for providing minimal social protection for the socially excluded categories.
  4. To consider the unorganized workers' social Security Bill, 2006 prepared by the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector and harmonise the
    minimal protection and promotion measures suggested in this Bill with the need for a national policy towards the vulnerable referred to in Item 2.
  5. To study the implementation of NSAP in all the States in the country and suggest a better procedure jointly to be operated by the Centre, State Governments and Local Government Institutions.

IV. The Chairperson of the Working Group may set up sub-group/task forces, if necessary for undertaking   in-depth studies.

V. The Working Group may co-opt non-official experts/representatives of other agencies if required.

VI. The expenditure of the official members for attending the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the respective parent-Department / Ministry / Organisations as per the rules applicable to them. The expenditure regarding TA / DA of non-official Members will be borne by the Planning Commission according to the appropriate rules and practices.

VII. The  Working   Group  will   submit  its  final   report  to  the Planning Commission by 30.11.2006.