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CHILD Protection & Child Rights » IV. National Mechanisms » National Actors » Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

In the year 1985-86, the previous Ministry of Welfare was divided into the Department of Women and Child Development and the Department of Welfare. At the same time 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 was moved into the new Ministry of Welfare. In May, 1998 the name of the Ministry was changed to the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MSJE). In 1999 the Tribal Development Division was moved to its own Ministry. In 2007 two more divisions moved into other Ministries: the Minorities Division along with Wakf Unit and the Child Development Division.

The areas the MSJE has jurisdiction over are:

  • Operation of Indo-US, Indo-UK, Indo-German, Indo-Swiss and Indo-Swedish Agreements
  • Social Security and Social Insurance
  • Relief of the disabled and unemployable
  • Social Welfare: Social Welfare Planning, Project formulation, research, evaluation, statistics and training
  • Conventions with other countries and international ones
  • Education, training, rehabilitation and welfare of the physically and mentally handicapped
  • National Centre for the Blind
  • Social and Moral Hygiene Programme
  • Beggary
  • Issues concern drug and substance abuse as well as prohibition
  • Coordination of charitable and religious endowments pertaining to subjects of the Ministry as well as work with Voluntary Organisations
  • A child programme under the purview of the MSJE is the Shishu Greha Scheme

Shri R. S. Meena,
Director (Admin)
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Room. No. 639, 'A', Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi - 110001 (India)

Telephone No: 91-11-23389226