Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Current Affairs - 2019

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Social Justice Minister T C Gehlot launches MIS portal under Accessible India Campaign

Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar chand Gehlot launched a Management Information System (MIS) under Accessible India Campaign in New Delhi. The launch was in presence of Secretaries of various nodal ministries including Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Union Ministry of Railways, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

About MIS Portal

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has developed a Management Information System (MIS) for stakeholders of Accessible India Campaign.

MIS portal will bring all the nodal ministries and States and Union Territories (UTs) on a single platform for monitoring the progress being made against each target of Accessible India Campaign (AIC).

The portal is made fully accessible for Divyangjans.

It will be useful in maintaining all the function on digital platform and capture data on a real-time basis. Also, the monitoring of places being made accessible will become more effective as the portal has a provision of uploading images of such features.

About Accessible India Campaign

Accessible India Campaign also known as Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan, was launched by PM Modi on 3 December 2015, on the occasion of International Day of People with Disabilities (PwD). It was launched as a nation-wide campaign for achieving universal accessibility for PwDs.

The campaign aims to serve PwDs in country and create an accessible physical environment that benefits everyone, not just PwDs.

Several measures undertaken under programme includes- eliminating obstacles and barriers in indoor/outdoor facilities such as schools, medical facilities, workplaces and transport system. The programme also covers places like footpaths, curb cuts and other obstacles that block the flow of regular pedestrian traffic.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities sets World Record

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has set a new world record. The department had undertaken the Modern Artificial Limbs (Legs) implantation in Gujarat’s Bharuch. The implantation was carried out for 260 people in record eight hours. This was the seventh world record set by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities was created as a separate department on May 12, 2012, to give focused attention to Policy issues and meaningful thrust to the activities aimed at welfare and empowerment of the Persons with Disabilities. The department was renamed as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on 08.12.2014.

The Department serves as a nodal agency for matters pertaining to disability and Persons with Disabilities including effecting closer coordination among different stakeholders: related Central Ministries, State/UT Governments, NGOs etc. in matters pertaining to disability.

The vision of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is 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.