SSEPD, AT A GLANCE
The Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department was created as a separate Department during 2015-16 being bifurcated from W & CD Deptt. Since inception, it has been working for the overall development of Disabled persons, provide social security pension, provide pension to destitute and person with disabilities through a host of specially designed schemes and programmes. It also deals with schemes for the Senior Citizens, Persons with Disability and Transgenders. The year witnessed launch of some new schemes like Bhima Bhoi Bhinnakshyama Samarthya Abhiyan(BBSA). The focus of activities continues to be on the empowerment and entitlements of persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
The Department of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has an elaborate field formation with the District Social Security Officer (DSSO) to assist the Collector in each District and a Sub-divisional Social Security Officer (SSSO) in every sub-division. Besides this, there are Block Social Security Officer (BSSO) at the Block level who assist the Block Administration in implementing the social security programmes. The Department has a statutory body known as State Commissioner for Persons Disability (SCPD). State institute for Disability Rehabilitation (SIDR) a state level nodal agency is currently functioning at Bhubaneswar. 8 District Disability Rehabilitation Center (DDRC) are functioning in 8 district head quarter to undertake disability rehabilitation activities. Old age homes are running to facilitate the older persons.