Ministry of Social Justice Current Affairs - 2020

Composite Regional Centre launched in Port Blair

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched the Composite Regional Centre (CRC) for skill development, empowerment of persons and rehabilitation in Port Blair. The Composite Regional Centres in India are located in Kozhikode, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Guwahati, Srinagar, Ahmedabad, Mandi and Suraghi (Chhattisgarh).

Highlights

The CRCs are centres set under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in order to create infrastructure and resources for persons with disabilities. These centres focus at locals rather than urban areas.

Beneficiaries

The GoI targets only a part of the population through these centres. It includes persons with low-vision, mental retardation, blindness, locomotor disability, hearing impairment, mental illness, cerebral palsy, leprosy, multiply persons and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Aim

The Central Government aims to reach the unreached disabled population through these centres. The CRCs help in fastening the process of establishing rehabilitation services. The centres aim at training of rehabilitation professionals and capacity building at centre, district and state levels.

Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities held in New Delhi

The Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) 2018 held in New Delhi from November 9 to 11, 2018. It was co-hosted by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Korea and its organising partners namely Rehabilitation International Korea and LG Group.

Key Facts

GITC is being held every year in Asia- Pacific region and such events were held in past in countries like South Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam etc. The objective of GICT was to leverage IT skills among youth with disabilities and also to spread awareness about application of Information and Computer Technology in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities. The event saw participation around 300 participants including 120 Youth with disabilities from 24 Asia Pacific countries. It also had IT Forum in which countries will present their work and achievement in ensuring accessibility to persons with disabilities in IT sector.