India and World Bank sign $125m loan to support social welfare services in West Bengal

The Government of India, the Government of West Bengal and the World Bank have signed a $125 million IBRD loan to support efforts to help poor and vulnerable groups access social protection services in the state of Bengal western. West Bengal operates over 400 programs which provide social assistance, care services and employment. Most of these services are offered through an umbrella platform called Jai Bangla. The West Bengal State Capacity Building Project for Inclusive Social Protection will support these interventions at the state level, with particular focus on vulnerable groups such as women, tribal and scheduled caste households. , and the elderly, as well as households in disaster-prone areas of the state. coastal regions. The Ministry of Finance’s Department of Economic Affairs said the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for seamless systems to provide inclusive and equitable social protection in times of crisis. This project will focus on building the capacity of the state government to expand coverage and access to social assistance and targeted services for poor and vulnerable groups within the state.

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