Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Current Affairs - 2020

National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2019

Vice President of India M. Venkiah Naidu conferred ‘National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2019’ at a function organized by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to celebrate ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’ celebrated on 3 December 2019 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Vice President was the Chief Guest of the function while Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot presided over the function.

About National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2019

The award was conferred on Institutions, Individuals, Organizations and State/District etc. for their outstanding achievements and work done every year towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities or Divyangjan (PwDs).

Till 2017, the Scheme of Award was governed under National Awards Rules, 2013 which provided 7 categories of disabilities according to Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.  However, when Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 came into force w.e.f. 19 April 2017, the number of specified disabilities increased from 7 to 21 under new Law. Accordingly all 21 disabilities were included under National Award Guidelines.

National Selection Committee under Chairpersonship of Union Minister, Social Justice & Empowerment in its meeting held on 6 November 2019 considered recommendation of Screening Committees and approved all 65 awards in 14 categories.

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.