GRIH KALYAN KENDRA – Staff Welfare for Central Government Employees
The Grih Kalyan Kendra (GKK), a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, was set up with the following objectives :
(a) To promote social, economic, cultural and educational activities for the betterment of Central Government employees and their families,
(b) To impart technical and vocational training in home crafts and other household arts for useful utilization of leisure time and for better and efficient housekeeping, and
(c) To organize and promote economic activities that may provide opportunities for gainful employment to families of Central Government employees for supplementing the family income.
The GKK is administered by Grih Kalyan Kendra Board. The Board is responsible for the organization and administration of GKK. Additional Secretary (S & V), DoPT is the President of the GKK Board.
In pursuance of its objectives, GKK has been conducting the following activities :
(i) Training classes in cutting, tailoring and embroidery for the housewives and grown up girls during the leisure hours.
(ii) Nursery education for children in the age group 3 to 5 years.
(iii) Creches or Day Care Centres for children.
(iv) Recreational facilities like health club-cum-fitness centre, multi-gyms and weight lifting, indoor games like badminton, table tennis and classes in karate, yoga, dance, etc.
(v) Hiring out of Samaj Sadans (Community Centres) for the use of Central employees and other for cultural and social functions like marriages, etc.
The GKK is running 28 craft centres, 16 creche / day-care centres and 25 nursery schools in Delhi and a few in other cities. It has been supporting and organizing recreational activities with a view to promoting physical fitness among the Central Government employees and their family members as part of the activities of GKK. The Kendra has accordingly set up one health club and 9 gym/fitness centres in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Nagpur. The GKK administers 44 samaj sadans, out of which 29 are in Delhi and 15 outside Delhi. These samaj sadans are made available on hire for organizing various social and cultural functions to the Central Government employees and, wherever available, to others. Hiring of these sadans is the main source of revenue for the GKK. In these samaj sadans facilities like indoor games, health club, multi gyms, karate, yoga, dance and music classes, brain development classes, beauty training course etc. are provided. One physiotherapy and homoeopathy clinic is also being run by GKK at Nagpur Centre. In addition, the GKK also runs its welfare activities in 14 other premises in Delhi and 10 at outstations. It receives grant-in-aid from the Government. During 2008-09, an amount of Rs.25 lakh was released to GKK. During 2009-2010 an amount of Rs. 25 lakhs has been released.