Achievements of the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment in one year
Setting up of a Help Line: Pursuant to Prime Minister’s Mann ki Baat Programme, a National tollfree helpline (1 8 0 0 – 1 1 – 0 0 3 1) for Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse has been set up on 7th January 2015. Creation of ‘Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Caste Entrepreneurs’ Scheme: The objective of this Scheme is to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled Castes and to provide concessional finance to them. The scheme would be implemented by the Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Limited to whom Rs. 200.00 Crore has been released.
Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for the Scheduled Castes: The objective of the Scheme is to promote entrepreneurship among the scheduled castes and to facilitate concessional finance to them. The allocated budget of Rs. 200 crore has been released on 26.03.2015 to IFCI Limited.
Swachhta Udyami Yojana: As an integral part of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014, the NSKFDC has launched a new Scheme ‘Swachhta Udyami Yojana’ on 2nd October, 2014 for financing viable community toilet projects and sanitation related vehicles to collect garbage.
Commercial Motor Driving Training with Self Defence Skills for Women: For the economic as well as social empowerment of women belonging to the to the category of safai Karamcharis, scavengers and their dependents, the NSKFDC has introduced a course of “Commercial Motor Driving Training with Self Defence Skills for Women”.
Green Business Scheme: Started by NSFDC and NSKFD the aim is to promote protected cultivation to support sustainable livelihoods of Scheduled Castes and Safai Karamcharis. Financial assistance would be provided for those economic activities that could address the challenges of climate change, e.g., E-rickshaw, solar pump and other instruments working on solar energy etc.
Sanitary Mart Scheme: Launched in 2014-15, under the Scheme loans are provided upto Rs. 15 Lakhs to Safai Karamcharis for construction of toilets/bio-degradable toilets.
The National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes (NCDNT) was made functional from 9.1.2015 by appointing the Chairman and Member.
PoA Rules were amended in June 2014 for enhancing the relief amount to the victims of atrocities to become between Rs. 75,000/- to Rs. 7,50,000/- depending upon the nature of an offence.