History of Ministry of Social Welfare, Bangladesh (NCSW in BD)


After partition of India in 1947 Mohajers (migrants) came in this country from India. For this reason many social problems including slum problem twisted in the then provincial capital Dhaka. To solve these problems Urban Community Development Programme was intriduced at Kaettuli area in Dhaka under Directorate of Health in 1955. Besides this, Through a resolution  in 1956 Social Welfare Council was established to solve social problems and to give inspiration and cooperation to voluntary social workers and organizations

Declaration of Voluntary Organization (Registration and Control) Ordinance past in 1961 to regularize the activities of voluntary organizations. In the same year Social Welfare Directorate was created under Ministry of Health and Social Welfare with the objective of operating the Vagrant Welfare centres transferred from Ministry of Relief, Government Orphanages transferred from Directorate of Education and Hospital Social Services Programme transferred from Social Welfare Council.

In 1972 Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has started its activities befitting with an Independent country. At the same time Bangladesh Social Welfare Council has founded through a new resolution. In 1974 Department of Social Welfare has raised from Directorate of Social Welfare under Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to expand the activities of Social Welfare Directorate all over the country and to appropriately solve the social problems of newly independent country under direction of Father of the Nation BangaBandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and in the history of Bangladesh micro credit programme has started first time named as Rural Social Services Programme. Department of Social Welfare has got the status as a permanent nation building department in 1978.

In 1984 Department of Social Services has created under Ministry of Social Welfare and Women Affairs which was recognize from Division of Social Welfare through the recommendation of Administrative Committee for Restructuring Government Divisions.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Trust (Bangladesh) has founded through agreed resolution between the Government of Bangladesh and Abu Dhabi fund for Arab Economic Development financed by Honorable President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Later on it is placed to Ministry of Social Welfare.

On 9th November in 1989 Ministry of Social Welfare has started as a completely separate ministry with single name and on 21st Decmeber in 1989 the Allocation of Business of the Ministry of Social Welfare has identified.

The industrial unit of Employment and Rehabilitation Complex for Physically Handicapped at Tongi has established by financial and technical assistance of Government of Bangladesh and Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA). As a symbol of friendship the industrial unit has named as MoitryShilpa (The Industry of Friendship). On 12th December 1990 the Government has formed a trust named as Physically Handicapped Welfare Trust and handover the MoitryShilpa to the Board of Trustees.

In 1999 the National Foundation for Development of the Disabled Person’s has registered under the Societies Registrations Act 1860 for the development and empowerment of the Person’s with Disability of the country and the Memorandum and the Constitution has also prepared. In 2000 the National Foundation for the Welfare of the Disabled has placed to Ministry of Social Welfare. An initiative has taken to transform the National Foundation for the Welfare of the Disabled as a full-fledged department.

In 2013 Protection for Neuro-Developmental Disabled Trust Act 2013 has approved by the National Parliament. Under this act in 2014 Neuro-Development Disabled Protection Trust has been formed. It is the newest organization of Ministry of Social Welfare. 


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