MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

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MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

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MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT

Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan

  • Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has formulated theAccessible India Campaign i.eSugamya Bharat Abhiyan.

  • It is a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs.

  • It aims to enable persons with disabilities to gain universal access, equal opportunity fordevelopment, independent living and participation in an inclusive society in all aspectsof life.

  • It is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)to which India is a signatory.

  • The campaign targets three separate verticals for achieving universal accessibility namelythe built up environment, transportation eco-system and information & communicationeco-system.

  • DEPwD is collaborating with Ministry of Home, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Ministry of Tourism for this.

  • Targets under the campaign – Envisages making all railway stations of A1, A & Bcategories and the international airports fully accessible to the disabled.

  • Conducts accessibility audit of all the international airports, domestic airports, and majorrailway stations.

  • Seeks to convert at least 10% of government owned public transport carriers in the countryfully accessible carriers for disabled persons by March 2018.

  • At least 50% of all public documents by the Central and State Governments to meetaccessibility standards for persons with disabilities by March 2018.

Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)

  • It is to create an enabling environment to ensure equal opportunities, equity, and socialjustice and empowerment of persons with disabilities.

  • It encourages voluntary action for ensuring effective implementation of the people withdisabilities (equal opportunities and protection of rights) act of 1995.

  • The definition of disability includes Blindness, Low vision, Leprosy-cured, Hearingimpairment, Loco motor disability, Mental retardation and Mental illness.

  • Parents/guardians and voluntary organisations are encouraged to provide rehabilitationservices.

  • To provide financial assistance to facilitate delivery of various services to voluntaryorganizations’ grants-in-aid to NGOS.

RashtriyaVayoshriYojana

  • RashtriyaVayoshriYojana”, a ‘Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ will be soon launched by the Union Government.

  • It is the first-of-its-kind Central Sector Scheme (CCS) in India, to be fully funded by the Central Government. It is expected to benefit 5, 20,000 Senior Citizens.

  • The Scheme will be implemented through the sole implementing agency, ‘Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)’, (a PSU under M/o SJ&E), which will undertake one year free maintenance of the aids & assisted living devices.

  • Beneficiaries will be identified by the State Governments/UTs through a Committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner/District Collector.

  • The devices will help the Senior Citizens to overcome their age related physical impairment and to lead a dignified and productive life. As far as possible, 30% of the beneficiaries in each district shall be women.

National Workshop on Autism Tools INCLEN and ISAA

  • A meeting of Master Trainers from all parts of the country was recently held at the ‘National Training Workshop on Autism using International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) and Indian Scale of Assessment of Autism (ISAA) Tools’.

  • It was organized by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

  • The aim of the workshop was to train and empower health care professionals like paediatricians, psychologists & psychiatrists to be trained as Master Trainers.

  • These Master Trainer will further train required number of professionals in their respective States.

  • In order to maintain uniformity and standard in assessment of autism, two types of assessment tools were recommended: One is INCLEN Tool and the other tool is ISAA.

  • Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder spanning entire life. There is no definitive cure.

MINISTRY OF TEXTILES

BunkarMitra

  • BunkarMitra is a Helpline for handholding of Handloom weavers launched by Ministryof Textiles.

  • The professional queries of weavers will be answered by the experts in the field usingthis helpline.

  • It is single point of contact where weavers can seek solutions for their technical issues/problems.

MINISTRY OF TOURISM

SwadeshDarshan

  • It is to develop theme-based tourist circuits on the principles of high tourist value,competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner to enrich tourist experienceand enhance employment opportunities.

  • Under the scheme, thirteen thematic circuits have been identified, for development -North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, KrishnaCircuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, SpiritualCircuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.

Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)

  • It is to identify and develop pilgrimage tourist destination on the principles of high touristvisits, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner to enrich touristexperience and enhance employment opportunities.

  • Under the PRASAD scheme thirteen sites have been identified for development, namely:Amritsar, Ajmer, Dwaraka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram,Vellankanni, Kedarnath, Kamakhya and Patna.

  • Under the ‘PRASAD’ scheme the focus is on development and beautification of the identifiedpilgrimage destinations.

  • Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the SwadeshDarshan scheme, thethrust is on development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.

  • Note – HRIDAY Cities covers all PRASAD sites except Kedarnath and Kamakhya andinstead it includes Warangal, Badami and Patna. HRIDAY comes under the Ministry ofUrban Development

MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS

VanbandhuKalyanYojana

  • It is launched for the holistic development and welfare of tribal population in India byplugging the infrastructure gaps and lags in human development indices.

  • The scheme focuses on

  1. Provision for a better standard of living and quality of life

  2. Improving access to and quality of education

  3. Generating resources for long-term and sustainable growth

  4. Bridging infrastructural gaps

  5. Protection of tribal culture and heritage.

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