Thawar Chand Gehlot
MINISTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE & EMPOWERMENT
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.