Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

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In order to give focused attention to Policy issues and meaningful thrust to the activities aimed at welfare and empowerment of the Persons with Disabilities, a separate Department of Disability Affairs was carved out of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on May 12, 2012. The Department was renamed as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on 08.12.2014. The Department acts as a Nodal Agency for matters pertaining to disability and Persons with Disabilities including effecting closer coordination among different stakeholders: related Central Ministries, State/UT Governments, NGOs etc. in matters pertaining to disability.

Vision: To build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.

Mission: To empower Persons with Disabilities, through its various Acts/Institutions/Organizations and Schemes for rehabilitation and to create an enabling environment that provides such persons with equal opportunities, protection of their rights and enables them to participate as independent and productive members of society.

To realize its Vision and achieve the Mission, the Department strives for the following objectives:

  1. Undertaking following measures for rehabilitation:


  1. Physical rehabilitation, which includes early detection and intervention, counselling and medical rehabilitation and assistance in procuring appropriate aids and appliances for reducing the effect of disabilities;


  1. Educational rehabilitation including vocational education;


  1. Economic rehabilitation and


  1. Social empowerment


  1. Developing rehabilitation professionals/personnel.
  1. Improving Internal Efficiency /Responsiveness/Service Delivery
  1. Advocating empowerment of Persons with Disabilities through awareness generation among different sections of the Society.


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