International Day 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.

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of the day is to promote well-being of the persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of their situation in social, political cultural and economic ways.

Theme: Promoting participation of persons with disabilities and leadership


The United Nations is organizing a one day event at the UN headquarters. The organization is to launch new initiatives under United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy. The initiatives will focus on achieving the SDG 17 that pledges “leave no one behind”

United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy

The strategy was launched in June 2019. It provides foundation for transformative and sustainable progress on disability inclusion. The strategy helps to support the implementation of Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

The strategy includes three main key approaches. Twin Track Approach aims at considering disability across all the works of the UN and also works under pre-determined targets. The Intersectionality includes factors like age, gender and location. Coordination strategy aims at coherent approach to accelerate the progress and achieve inclusion.