Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

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Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi,110011
New Delhi
Annual budget6,908 crore (US$870 million) (2017-18 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is a Government of India ministry. It is responsible for welfare, social justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society, including scheduled castes (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC), LGBT people, the disabled, the elderly, and the victims of drug abuse. It also helps in the enforcement of legislation with regards to these marginalized groups to better enforce anti-discrimination policies.[2]

The Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment holds cabinet rank as a member of the Council of Ministers. The current minister is Virendra Kumar, who is assisted by a Minister of State, Rattan Lal Kataria, Krishan Pal Gujjar and Ramdas Athavale.


In the 1985–1986, the former 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 of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Wakf Division of the Ministry of Law left those ministries to form the new Ministry of Welfare.

The Ministry of Welfare adopted the name Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in May 1998. In October 1999, the Tribal Development Division left the ministry to become its own ministry, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In January 2007, the Minorities Division and the Wakf Unit were moved out of the ministry to form the Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Child Development Division left the ministry to form the Ministry of Women and Child Development. To propagate the ideologies and philosophy of Babu Jagjivan Ram, the 'Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation', has been set up by the Ministry.[3]

In 2012, the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment launched Oblindia, an online library for visually impaired college students. At launch, the library included 12,000 books in 10 languages.[4]


The ministry has five bureaus, each headed by a Joint Secretary: Scheduled Castes Development Bureau; Backward Classes Bureau Coordination, Media, Administration; Disability Bureau; Social Defense (SD) Bureau; and Project, Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Bureau.

*Composite Regional Centres for Persons with Disabilities (CRCs)

*Public Private Partnership **Indian Spinal Injury Centre


Ministers of Social Justice and Empowerment[edit]

Portrait Name Department Tenure Political Party Prime Minister
Ashokesen1.JPG Ashoke Kumar Sen[5] Minister of Social Security 13 June 1964 24 January 1966 Indian National Congress Lal Bahadur Shastri
Kotha Raghuramaiah Minister in Department of Social Welfare 24 January 1966 25 March 1966 Indira Gandhi
Ashoka Mehta Minister of Social Welfare 25 March 1966 22 August 1968
Panampilly Govinda Menon 22 August 1968 23 May 1970
K. Hanumanthaiya 26 June 1970 18 March 1971
Siddhartha Shankar Ray 18 March 1971 20 March 1972
Saiyid Nurul Hasan 16.jpg S. Nurul Hasan MoS, Independent Charge 24 March 1972 24 March 1977
Pratap Chandra Chunder 26 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
Sathiavani Muthu 19 August 1979 23 December 1979 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Charan Singh
Shankarrao Chavan 2007 stamp of India.jpg S.B. Chavan 19 October 1980 8 August 1981 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
Sheila Kaul MoS, Independent Charge 8 August 1981 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
Maragatham Chandrasekar Ministry of Women and Social Welfare
(MoS, Independent Charge)
31 December 1984 25 September 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
Rajendra Kumari Bajpai Minister of Welfare
(MoS, Independent Charge)
25 September 1985 2 December 1989
Ram Vilas Paswan addressing a press conference on four years achievements of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, in New Delhi.JPG Ram Vilas Paswan 6 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
Sitaram Kesri 12 June 1991 16 May 1996 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
The Union Minister of Non Conventional Energy Sources Shri Kariya Munda inspecting an exhibition organised during the first meeting of National Hydrogen Energy Board in New Delhi on February 23, 2004.jpg Kariya Munda 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Balwant Singh Ramoowalia.jpg Balwant Singh Ramoowalia 1 June 1996 19 March 1998 Independent
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
Menaka Gandhi.jpg Maneka Gandhi Minister of Welfare (till 23 May 1998)
Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
MoS, Independent Charge
19 March 1998 1 September 2001 Independent
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Satyanarayan Jatiya (cropped).jpg Satyanarayan Jatiya 1 September 2001 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar in 2010.jpg Meira Kumar 23 May 2004 22 May 2009 Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
Mukul Wasnik in January 2010.jpg Mukul Wasnik 28 May 2009 27 October 2012
Kumari Selja.jpg Kumari Selja 28 October 2012 28 January 2014
Mallikarjun Kharge 28 January 2014 26 May 2014
Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed as the new governor of karnataka (cropped).JPG Thawar Chand Gehlot 26 May 2014 7 July 2021 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi
Virendra Kumar addressing at the closing ceremony of a Seminar on Technology Partnerships for POSHAN Abhiyaan - ‘TECH-THON’, organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, in New Delhi.JPG Virendra Kumar Khatik 7 July 2021 Incumbent

List of Ministers of State[edit]

Ministers of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Portrait Name Term of office Prime Minister Party
Sudarshan Bhagat oath as Minister.jpg Sudarshan Bhagat 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 167 days Narendra Modi Bharatiya Janata Party
The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla addressing at the “International Conference on Bodhi Dharma and Zen Buddhism”, in New Delhi on November 20, 2015.jpg Vijay Sampla 9 November 2014 30 May 2019 4 years, 202 days
Krishan Pal addressing at the inauguration of the “National Workshop on Autism Tools”, organised by the National Trust under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in New Delhi.jpg Krishan Pal Gurjar 9 November 2014 7 July 2021 6 years, 240 days
Shri Rattan Lal Kataria taking charge as the Minister of State for Jal Shakti, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019 (cropped).jpg Rattan Lal Kataria 30 May 2019 7 July 2021 2 years, 38 days
Pratima Bhoumik 7 July 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 266 days
A. Narayanaswamy 7 July 2021 Incumbent 1 year, 266 days
The Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Ramdas Athawale addressing a press conference, in New Delhi on November 24, 2017.jpg Ramdas Athawale 5 July 2016 Incumbent 6 years, 268 days Republican Party of India (A)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Budget data" (PDF). 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Subjects Allocated : Department of Social Justice and Empowerment - Government of India". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "A brief on Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 June 2009.
  4. ^ "India's First Online Braille Library Launched". 5 January 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Council of Ministers" (PDF).

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