Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Current Affairs - 2020

EKAM Fest: Event to Promote craftsmanship and products of Divyang entrepreneurs

A week-long festival called “EKAM FEST” was organized to promote the products of Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs. More than 80 Divyang entrepreneurs and artisans participated in the event.


The event focuses to promote knowledge and entrepreneurship of Divyang Community. It also aims to market their opportunities. The event was organized by NHFDC (National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation). The NHFDC also launched the NHFDC Swavalamban Kendra (NSK), an initiative to establish micro skill training centre for Divyangs


The NHFDC operates under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It was established in 1997. The Company provides financial assistance to divyangs and persons with disabilities. Currently it is implementing Vishesh Microfinance Yojana

Vishesh Microfinance Yojana

Under the scheme, NHFDC finances income generating schemes of Disabled persons. This is being done by signing agreement with Public Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks and other financial institutions. The main objective of the scheme is to reach out unbanked population and promote inclusive livelihood.

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.