Various social service activities are planned and implemented
by this department, which was set up in 1978.
In the field of housing to the poor, financial aid is
imparted to homeless people in the society with the co-operation
of the basic units of N.S.S; its karayogams.the department
has set up 16 working women hostels with the aid of Ministry
of Women and Child Department, Govt. of India to accommodate
working women of low income group.
This department is also running orphanages to care to
hundreds of orphans in the state providing food, accommodation,
education, healthcare and physical development. The planning
department is also running guest houses in pilgrim centers
to provide safe and cheap accommodation facilities to
pilgrims. A production cum training centre is functioning
at Trivandrum which is providing technical training in
various trades to the unemployed young generation.
Most important of all, the department is maintaining
a free medical aid centre at Sabarimala to provide healthcare
to the lakhs of pilgrims during the entire season.