At the toll of the midnight of 15th August, 1947 India became independent. After independence Government declared the State as a ‘Welfare State’ under the leadership of our first Prime Minister, Hon’ble Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Central Social Welfare Board was established on 12th August 1953. The main objective of Central Social Welfare Board was to help, assist and strengthen voluntary organisations, women, children, aged and infirm. The Board started working under the able leadership of Dr. Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh, a prominent social worker.
The Goa State Social Welfare Board was set up in 1963 with the objective of promoting and encouraging voluntary efforts by providing financial assistance and guidance for welfare programmes for women and children to the voluntary agencies. Its first Chairperson was Hon’ble Smt. Camila D’Costa.
The Goa State Social Welfare Board provides support to voluntary organisations under a variety of programme in order to facilitate and strengthen their role in empowering women through education and training, through collective mobilizations and awareness creation, through income generating facilities and by providing support services.