The vision of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is to build an inclusive society wherein members of the target groups can lead productive, safe, and dignified lives with adequate support for their growth and development. It aims to support and empower its target groups through programs of educational, economic, and social development and rehabilitation wherever necessary. The mandate of the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment is the empowerment of the socially, educationally, and economically marginalized sections of the society including (i) Scheduled Castes (ii) other Backward Class (iii) Senior Citizens (iv) Victims of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (v) Transgender Persons (vi) Beggars (vii) Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) (viii) Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) and (xi) Economically Weaker Section (EWS).
Vision: To build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities so that they can lead productive, safe, and dignified lives.
Mission: To empower Persons with Disabilities, through its various Acts/ Institutions/Organizations and Schemes for rehabilitation and to create an enabling environment that provides such persons with equal opportunities, protection of their rights and enables them to participate as independent and productive members of society.
The main objective of the Scheme is to improve the quality of life of the Senior Citizens by providing basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care, and entertainment opportunities and by encouraging productive and active aging through providing support for capacity building of State/ UT Governments/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) / local bodies and the community at large.
Main Schemes of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
1.Assistance to disabled persons for Purchase/ For fitting of AIDS/ Appliances
2.Assistance for Skill development of OBCs/DNTs/EBCs
3.Free coaching for SC and OBC students
4.Deendayal disabled Rehabilitation Scheme
5. Grant-in-Aid to Voluntary organizations working for Scheduled Castes
6.Integrated Programme for old persons
7.Assistance to Voluntary organizations (NGOs) for prevention of alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and for Social Defence Services.
Role of NGOs in the above Schemes for Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
The NGOs should preferably possess professional/technical expertise in the form of professionally qualified staff (from recognized courses) for the identification, prescription of the required artificial aids/appliance, and fitment and post-fitment care of the beneficiaries as well as the aid/appliance. The NGO should also preferably possess infrastructure in the form of machinery/equipment for the fabrication, fitment, and maintenance of artificial aid/appliance to be given to a disabled person under the ADIP Scheme. The Scheme will be implemented through the reputed institutions/centers run by the Central Government/State Governments/UT Administrations/PSUs/autonomous bodies under Central/State Governments, Universities (both Central and State including the Deemed Universities in the private sector) and, Registered private institutions/NGOs.
To facilitate delivery of various services to persons with disabilities by voluntary organizations, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is administering the DDRS scheme and providing grants-in-aid to NGOs for the following projects are – Vocational Training Centres, Sheltered Workshops, Special Schools for the Persons with Disabilities, Project for Cerebral Palsied Children, Project for Pre-School and Early Intervention and Training, Home-based Rehabilitation Program / Home Management Programme, Project for Rehabilitation of Leprosy Cured, Persons (LCPs), Project relating to Survey, Identification, Awareness, and Sensitization, Project for Community Based Rehabilitation, Project for Human Resource Development, Seminars / Workshops / Rural Camps, Project for Legal Literacy, Including Legal Counselling, Legal Aid and Analysis and Evaluation of Existing Laws, Environment Friendly and Eco-Promotive Projects for the Handicapped, Grant for Purchase of Vehicle, Construction of Building, Grant for Computer, Project for Low Vision Centres, Half Way Home for Psycho-Social Rehabilitation of Treated and Controlled Mentally Ill Persons, District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs)
The maximum level of support could be up to 90% of the eligible amount of grant for the project.
Under the Assistance to Voluntary organizations (NGOs) for prevention of alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and for Social Defence Services Scheme, financial assistance is provided to NGOs/Voluntary organizations and other eligible agencies for setting up/running Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA). The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment, and rehabilitation of addicts through Voluntary Organizations. It provides financial assistance to NGOs across the country for running de-addiction centers. The Ministry has also set up a 24×7 National Toll-Free drug de-addiction helpline number 1800110031 to help the victims of drug abuse, their family and society at large.
In this way, NGOs contributing their services and efforts to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment continuously, and striving for change in our Indian Society. As direct influences, NGOs provide information for governments of developed countries and directly lobby governmental officials on their foreign policy decisions. The NGOs have played a positive role in collaborating with the government in North Darfur State in delivering curative health services, while the government’s role has been negative. The problem that faces the government in the future is how health facilities will be run should a peaceful settlement be reached and NGOs leave the region.
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