- Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) is a Charitable Society sponsored by Social Justice Department, Government of Kerala.
- KSSM is responsible for extending services and support to the destitute, poor, aged, children, women, the chronically ill cancer patients and other sections of the society who were in need of care and protection.
- The Vision statement of KSSM is: To adopt various social security measures/activities that facilitate convergent action to cover the entire population who are in dire need of greater social security.
- The objectives of the KSSM includes conduct of research on various social issues, besides acting as an information hub for the social welfare programmes in the State
- Kerala Social Security Mission was set up in 2008. The headquarters of the organisation is in Thiruvananthapuram.
- A Governing Body of KSSM consists of 15 members including:
- Minister for Panchayats & Social Justice as the Chairman
- Addl. Chief Secretary to Government (Social Justice) as Vice-chairman
- Executive Director (ED) as Member Secretary
Various Programmes/Schemes under KSSM
- Aswasakiranam Scheme provides financial assistance to the care givers of physically and mentally disabled bed-ridden patients, who are their family members or relatives.
- This scheme aims to provide a monthly assistance of Rs.600/- to those care givers who are unable to take up employment for self-sustenance.
- The scheme came into effect from August 2, 2010.
- Vayomithram project aims to provides health care and support to elderly above the age of 65 years residing at Corporation/Municipal Areas in the state.
- The project mainly provides free medicines through mobile clinics, Palliative care, Counseling service and Help desk to the old age.
- The project was implemented as a joint initiative to LSGD in the area
- The project started its function on 2010-11 financial year in Kollam and Trivandrum Corporation and extended to 12 district head quarters in 2011-12 financial year.
Cancer Suraksha Scheme
- Government of Kerala has introduced the Cancer Suraksha Scheme on November 1, 2008.
- Under this scheme, children, under 18 years, would be given free treatment for cancer through designated Government hospitals in the state.
- The entire cost of treatment, including the cost of drugs, investigations, procedures, implants etc. would be borne by the hospitals through the funds provided by the Mission.
- Thalolam scheme aims to provide free treatment to the children below age of 18, who are suffering from Kidney diseases, Cardiovascular diseases, Cerebral Palsy, Brittle Bone Disease, Hemophilia, Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, Orthopedic deformities and other Neuro- Developmental Disabilities, Congenital anomalies ( Endosulfan victims) and accident cases which needs surgery.
- A patient will be eligible for an initial assistance of Rs. 50,000/- only under this scheme.
- Additional financial assistance can be met based on the decision of the Superintendent, Head of the concerned Department of Specialty and Head of Radiotherapy Department.
- This scheme has come into effect from January 1,2010 onwards.
- Sruthitharangam (Cochlear Implantation Scheme) envisioned to provide free cochlear implantation surgery for the children in the age group of 0-5 years, who are hearing impaired.
- The children from poor families whose annual family income is below Rs. 2 lakh is eligible to get the benefit of this scheme.
- The eligible children were selected by Regional and State level technical committees for cochlear implantation.
- This scheme is implemented through Government as well as selected empaneled private hospitals in this field.
- The scheme was implemented in 2012.
- Snehapoorvam Project to provide financial assistance to orphans who lost both or one of their parents and are currently living in the family, with their relatives, friends, or the support of the community.
- The children are given monthly scholarships for studies up to Degree level to an amount of Rs. 1000 starting from RS. 300/-.
- The project aims to encourage families to live their children within the family set up rather than sending them to orphanages and bring them to the mainstream of the society.
- This scheme provides relief measure to the Endosulfan victims in the state.
- Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs. 2200/- is given to the bedridden Endosulfan victims.
- In addition to this, Kerala Social Security Mission is now providing monthly assistance of Rs 700 per month to the caregivers of Endosulfan victims who are fully bedridden or mentally retarded under special Aswasakiranam scheme.
- Mittayi scheme is envisaged by the Kerala Social Security Mission to provide comprehensive care and support to children or adolescents who are suffering from type 1 diabetes.
- As per the scheme, financial assistance of Rs one lakh would be paid to each children for possessing insulin injecting pump and other medicines for their survival
- Through Mittayi, children and their caretakers will also be provided with guidance on using the insulin pen, insulin pump and on continuous glucose monitoring.
- Snehasparsham was launched in 2010 to provide financial assistance to unwed mothers in the state.
- Under this scheme, a monthly pension of Rs. 1000 will be provided to an unwed mother.
- Though initially, the scheme was for tribal unwed mothers, later it was extended to all unwed mothers in the state.
- The beneficiaries were to be under 65 years of age.
- Please do not confuse this with Snehasparsham project launched by Kidney Patients Welfare Society of the Kozhikode district panchayat ht in 2012 to help the patients get free treatment and dialysis.
- KSSM launched Prathyasha to provide financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 for the marriage of girls belonging to poor families.
- It as a joint venture amid Individuals, Corporates and Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) and is launched in 2013.
- The individuals / corporates can donate amount in multiples of 25,000 and equivalent amount contributed by the government which will be used by the Mission to meet the requirements. Depositors would have an option to select the beneficiaries.
- Beneficiaries should be above 22 years.
Hunger Free City
- This scheme was launched to provided free noon meals (rice based meal with vegetable curry) once a day to public at designated centers in a city.
- It was initially launched in Kozhikkode, and later extended to Malappuram, Kollam and Trivandrum.
- It is aimed at ensuring that no person in the city goes without at least one square meal a day.
- This scheme provides financial assistance to the following 4 categories of patients belonging to BPL:
- kidney patients who are undergoing dialysis at least once in a month (Rs.1100 per month)
- kidney-Liver transplanted persons (Rs. 1000 per month)
- Haemophilia patients (Rs. 1000 per month)
- Sicklecell anaemia patients (Rs. 1000 per month)
- Those who are availing any other financial assistance under any other Govt. scheme are also eligible for this scheme.
We – Care
- The Department of Social Justice and Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) constituted a relief fund to address the social security needs of the society in 2014.
- All needy persons identified and deserving financial support, who are not covered under other projects will be supported by We Care.
- Anuyatra is a comprehensive project for the management of disabilities in the State.
- The project, being implemented on a campaign mode, with specific targets and time-frame, is aimed at making Kerala a disabled-friendly State
- This Rs 100 crore project plans to develop intervention centres, 28 model child rehabilitation centres, 25 mobile intervention units, comprehensive insurance and universal identity cards
- Vice President Hamid Ansari formally inaugurated the scheme on June 12, 2017.
- Kathoram is envisaged as a component of Anuyatra Scheme
- It will replace Sruthitharangam Project (cochlear implantation scheme). The scheme intends to provide free surgery to hearing-impaired children in the age group of 0-5 years.
- With Kathoram, children will be monitored from the day of their birth to the next 18 months to avoid any future problem.
State Initiative on Disabilities (SID)
- State Initiative on Disability is a special initiative of the Social Justice Department for the prevention, detection, early intervention, education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities
- This initiative is implemented in the Mission mode by Department of Social Justice with the active involvement of the Department of Health and Department of Education.