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Social Welfare Department, Punjab

Social Welfare Department, Punjab

 

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About Social Welfare Department, Punjab

In the year 1985-86, the erstwhile Ministry of Welfare was bifurcated into the Department of Women and Child Development and the Social Welfare Department Punjab. Simultaneously, the Scheduled Castes Development Division, Tribal Development Division and the Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Division were moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs and also the Wakf Division from the Ministry of Law to form the then Ministry of Welfare.

Subsequently, the name of the Ministry was changed to the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in May, 1998. Further, in October, 1999, the Tribal Development Division had moved out to form a separate Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In January, 2007, the Minorities Division along with Wakf Unit have been moved out of the Ministry and formed as a separate Ministry and the Child Development Division has gone to the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

Social Welfare Department, Punjab

Social Welfare Department, Punjab

Though the subject of “Disability” figures in the State List in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, The Government of India has always been proactive in the disability sector. It is not only running seven National Institutes (NIs) dealing with various types on disabilities and seven Composite Regional Centers (CRCs), which provide rehabilitation services to PwDs and run courses for rehabilitation professional but also funds a large number of NGOs for similar services and also a National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC) which provides loans at concessional rates of interest to PwDs for self-employment. Besides, the Union Government is a party to (i) Proclamation on the Full Participation and Equality of People with Disabilities in the Asian and the Pacific Region - adopted at Beijing in December, 1992, and (ii) The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which came into effect in May, 2008.

The subject has received attention in various States Governments in varying degrees. At the Central level also disability being one of the several responsibilities of the M/o SJ&E, and being looked after by just one bureau, has resulted in inadequate attention, as most of its time and energy is spent only on implementing Ministry’s own schemes, meeting their expenditure and physical targets, and organising annual time-bound activities like the National Awards for empowerment of PwDs. In the above background, it was stated in the 11th Five Year Plan that “The ‘Disability Division’ of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment will be strengthened by converting it into a separate Department, so that it can liaise effectively with all the other concerned Ministries/Departments and fulfill its responsibilities towards the disabled”. Looking to the specialised nature of the subject on “Disability”, the wide ranging work to be done in the light of the UNCRPT, and the inadequacy of existing implementation structure, the time has now come to upgrade the existing Disability Bureau in the M/o SJ&E. The decision to create a separate Department of Disability Affairs within the M/o SJ&E was taken up by the Government, in principle on 3rd January, 2012. This was also announced by the President before both houses of Parliament on 12th March, 2012.

Now the two departments have been created under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment vide notification dated 12.5.2012, namely:-

  1. Department of Social Justice and Empowerment (Samajik Nyaya aur Adhikarita Vibhag)
  2. Department of Disability Affairs (Nishaktata Karya Vibhag)

The Social Welfare Department Punjab and Empowerment deals with the disadvantaged sections of the society. The Ministry implements several schemes and programmes for the welfare Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, Older Persons and victims of Drug Abuse.

In order to create awareness about these schemes among target groups, the Ministry has setup an Information and Mass Education Cell under the overall supervision of Joint Secretary (Media). An annual action plan is prepared by this Cell to disseminate information in an effective manner.

Campaigns under taken by the Ministry are:

Sanwarti Jayen Jeevan Ki Rahen: A Weekly Radio Programme

Duration: 15 Minutes Broadcast Time: Vividh Bharti Stations – 12 Noon every Sunday FM and Other Stations of All India Radio – 10.45 A.M every Tuesday

Subjects Allocated to Social Welfare Department, Punjab

A. Social Welfare Department Punjab and empowerment (SAMAJIK NYAYA AUR ADHIKARITA VIBHAG)

    1. The following subject which fall within List III – Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution:
      Nomadic and Migratory Tribes.
    2. To act as the nodal Department for matters pertaining to the following groups, namely:-
      (i) Scheduled Castes;
      (ii) Socially and Educationally Backward Classes;
      (iii) Denotified Tribes;
      (iv) Economically Backward Classes; and
      (v) Senior Citizens.

Note: The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment shall be the nodal Department for the overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for the development of the groups mentioned at (i) to (iv) above, and the welfare of the group at (v) above. However, overall management and monitoring etc. of the sectoral programmes in respect of these groups shall be the responsidility of the concerned Central Ministries, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Each Central Ministry or Department shall discharge nodal responsibility concerning its sector.

  1. Special schemes aimed at social, educational and economic empowerment of the groups mentioned at (i) to (iv) under entry 2 above, e.g. scholarships, hostels, residential schools, skill training, concessional loans and subsidy for self-employment, etc.
  2. Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers in alternative occupations.
  3. Programmes of care and support to senior citizens.
  4. Prohibition.
  5. Rehabilitation of victims of alcoholism and substance abuse, and their families.
  6. Beggary.
  7. International Conventions and Agreements on matters dealt within the Department.
  8. Awareness generation, research, evaluation and training in regard to subjects allocated to the Department.
  9. Charitable and Religious Endowments and promotion and development of Voluntary Effort pertaining to subjects allocated to the Department.
  10. The Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 (22 of 1955).
  11. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (33 of 1989), (in so far as it relates to the Scheduled Castes, excluding administration of criminal justice in regard to offences under the Act).
  12. The National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 (27 of 1993).
  13. The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 (56 of 2007).
  14. The National Commission for the Scheduled Castes.
  15. The National Commission for Safai Karmacharis.
  16. The National Commission for Backward Classes.
  17. The National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation.
  18. The National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation.
  19. The National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation.
  20. National Institute of Social Defence
  21. Dr. Ambedkar Foundation.
  22. Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation

“B. DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITY AFFAIRS (NISHAKTATA KARYA VIBHAG)

The following subjects which fall within List I – Union List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution:

    1. Indo-US, Indo-UK, Indo-German, Indo-Swiss and Indo-Swedish Agreements for Duty-free import of donatede relief goods/supplies and matters connected with the distribution of such supplies.

The following subjects which fall within List III – Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution (as regards legislation only):

    1. Social Security and Social Insurance, save to the extent allotted to any other Department.
    2. For the Union Territories, the following subjects which fall in List II – State List or List III – Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, in so far as they exist in regard to such territories:

Relief of the Disabled and the unemployable; Social Security and Social Insurance, save to the extent allotted to any other Department.

    1. To act as the nodal Department for matters pertaining to Disability and Persons with Disabilities.

Note: The Department of Disability Affairs shall be the nodal Department for the overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for Persons with Disabilities. However, overall management and monitoring etc. of the sectoral programmes in respect of this group shall be the responsibility of the concerned Central Ministries, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. EachCentral Ministry of Department shall discharge nodal responsibility concerning its sector.

  1. Special schemes aimed at rehabilitation and social, educational and economic empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, e.g. supply of aids and appliances, scholarships, residential schools, skill training, concessional loans and subsidy for self-employment, etc.
  2. Education and Training of Rehabilitation Professionals.
  3. International Conventions and Agreements on matters dealt with in the Department; The United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  4. Awareness generation, research, evaluation and training in regard to subjects allocated to the Department.
  5. Charitable and Religious Endowments, and promotion and development of Voluntary Effort pertaining to subjects allocated to the Department.
  6. The Rehabilitation Council of India Act, 1992 (34 of 1992).
  7. The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (1 of 1996).
  8. The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 (44 of 1999).
  9. The Rehabilitation Council of India.
  10. The Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.
  11. The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities.
  12. The National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation.
  13. Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation, Kanpur.
  14. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute of Physically Handicapped, New Delhi.
  15. National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped, Kolkata.
  16. National Institute of Visually Handicapped, Dehradun.
  17. National Institute of Mentally Handicapped, Secunderabad.
  18. Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, Mumbai.
  19. National Institute of Rehabilitation Training and Research, Cuttack.
  20. National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Chennai.
  21. The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre, New Delhi.

Organisational Structure of Social Welfare Department, Punjab

The Social Welfare Department Punjab & Empowerment is entrusted with the welfare, social Justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized section of the society viz. Scheduled Caste, Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, Aged Persons, and victims of Drug Abuse etc.

Basic objective of the policies, programmes, law and institution of the Indian welfare system is to bring the target groups into the mainstream of development by making them self-reliant.

The Ministry is headed by Kumari Selja, Cabinet Minister. Shri Porika Balram Naik is the Minister of State .

There are two departments viz. Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Department of Disability Affairs under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Shri Sudhir Bhargava, is the Secretary of Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. Ms. Stuti Kacker, is the Secretary of Department of Disability Affairs. Sh. Anoop Kumar Shrivastava is the Additional Secretary of Department of Social Justice and Empowerment.

The activities of both Departments of the Ministry are undertaken through Bureaus as shown below:-

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT

S.No. Bureau Head Work Allocation/Bureau
1. Shri Sanjeev Kumar, JS
(SCD), Deptt. of SJ&E
i. Scheduled Castes Development Division
ii. Parliament
iii. Member Secretary, Dr. Ambedkar Foundation
2. Shri T. R. Meena, JS
(SD, CVO & Admn.), Deptt. of SJ&E
i. Social Defence
ii. Vigilance
iii. Administration/Official Language & Facilitation Centre
3. Ms. Ghazala Meenai, JS
(BC, Media & R&R)
Deptt. of SJ&E
i. BC Division
ii. Media
iii. Work relating to R&R of Narmada Project.
4. Shri Shyam Kapoor,
JS (Cdn.)
Deptt. of SJ&E
Coordination
5. Dr. J.C.Sharma, EA
Deptt. of SJ&E
I. Preparation of i. Annual & Five Year Plans
ii. Annual Report
iii. Results Framework Document
II. Coordination Work – Relating to
i. Skill Test
ii. Plan Schemes
iii. Standing Committee of Parliament
iv. Twenty Point Programme
v. Economic Survey
vi. Gender Budgeting
6. Shri Mukat Singh, DDG
Deptt. of SJ&E
i. Statistics Division ( Statistics, Research & Evaluation)
ii). Manual Scavenging Survey Cell

DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITY AFFAIRS

S.No. Bureau Head Work Allocation/Bureau
1. Shri Awanish R. Awasthi, JS
Deptt. of Disability Affairs
Disability Development

2. Link arrangements among the above officers shall be as under:-

S.No. Officer Link Officer
1. Joint Secretary (SCD), Deptt. of SJ&E Joint Secretary (BC, Media & R&R), Deptt. of SJ&E
2. Joint Secretary (BC, Media & R&R), Deptt. of SJ&E Joint Secretary (SCD)
3. Joint Secretary, (Admn., SD & CVO), Deptt. of SJ&E Joint Secretary (Cdn.), Deptt. of SJ&E
4. Joint Secretary (Cdn.), Deptt. of SJ&E Joint Secretary, (Admn., SD & CVO), Deptt. of SJ&E
5. Economic Adviser, Deptt. of SJ&E Deputy Director General, Deptt. of SJ&E
6. Deputy Director General, Deptt. of SJ&E Economic Adviser, Deptt. of SJ&E

 

Social Welfare Department, Contact Details

Officer to be contacted:

Shri R. Krishnamurthy,
Deputy Secretary (Cdn.)
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Room. No. 609, ‘A’ , Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi – 110001 (India)
Telephone No: 91-11-23070094
Email:

Social Welfare Department, Punjab  

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