Thawar Chand Gehlot

MIN­IS­TER FOR SO­CIAL JUS­TICE & EM­POW­ER­MENT

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIETY - —San­tosh Ku­mar

AMAJOR RE­FORM CAR­RIED out by the min­istry of so­cial jus­tice un­der Thawar Chand Gehlot was the scrap­ping of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Back­ward Classes, and its re­place­ment by a Na­tional Com­mis­sion for So­cially and Ed­u­ca­tion­ally Back­ward Classes.

“Dur­ing the UPA regime,” said Gehlot, when asked how the min­istry for so­cial jus­tice changed after the Modi gov­ern­ment came to power, “the min­istry had no iden­tity and peo­ple were not even aware of its work. Un­der the Modi gov­ern­ment, the min­istry has be­come alive and ac­tive, and has gained recog­ni­tion world­wide.” Gehlot’s min­istry can also claim credit for the pas­sage of the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Act, as well as sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased pro­tec­tions for mem­bers of sched­uled castes. An­other new ini­tia­tive by his min­istry was the launch of the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yo­jna for se­nior cit­i­zens in April 2017, aimed at pro­vid­ing phys­i­cal aids and liv­ing as­sisted de­vices to se­nior cit­i­zens be­long­ing to the BPL cat­e­gory.

RAJWANT RAWAT

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