Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Current Affairs
The Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched new website and mobile application of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK). It was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot in New Delhi.
The new website is very user-friendly and as per Central Government Guidelines for official websites. It is comprehensive website giving complete details about Commission viz. its composition, mandate, manner of filing complaints, details of visits undertaken by its Chairman and Members, etc.
It also facilitates petitioners to file their grievances and complaints, etc. on-line on website and thereafter track them. Simultaneously, petitioner can also lodge their grievances and complaints through their android mobile phones by using NCSK App which can be downloaded from Google Play Store free of cost.
National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK)
The NCSK was established in 1994 to deal with the grievances of persons engaged in manual scavenging. It has a sanctioned strength of four members and a chairperson. It is statutory body established under National Commission for Safai Karamcharis Act, 1993. It aims to promote and safeguard the interests and rights of Safai Karamcharis. Its mandate is to study, evaluate and monitor the implementation of various schemes for Safai Karamcharis as an autonomous organisation.
The National Conference on Down Syndrome was held in New Delhi. It was organised by the National Trust under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition associated with intellectual and learning disabilities. It leads to delayed development and behavioural problems in children suffering with it.
The objective of conference was to provide excellent opportunities to parents to obtain information about latest development in education and skilling and inclusive living of persons with Down Syndrome. The conference brought intellectuals from all walks of life on one platform to spur ideas and channelized knowledge on Down Syndrome which was very beneficial to enable a positive change in people with Down Syndrome.
It is statutory body under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. It is headquartered in New Delhi. Its mandate is to discharge two basic duties – legal and welfare for persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities.
It fundamental purpose is to create enabling environment, i.e. provide opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) through comprehensive support systems which will lead towards development of inclusive society.
It has been running various schemes and programmes for welfare of PwDs. Its major activity is to create awareness amongst general public by organizing various workshops, seminars and conferences on these disabilities and the capabilities of such persons.
- Enable and empower PwD to live as independently and fully as possible within and close to their community as possible.
- Facilitate realisation of equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation of persons with disability.
- Extend support to its registered organisations to provide need based services.
- Evolve procedures for appointments of guardians and trustees for persons with disabilities.