Organisational Set-Up

The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is entrusted with the welfare, social Justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized section of the society viz. Scheduled Caste, Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Victims of Drug Abuse etc.

Basic objective of the policies, programmes, law and institution of the Indian welfare system is to bring the target groups into the mainstream of development by making them self-reliant.

The Ministry is headed by Dr. Virendra Kumar, Cabinet Minister and ably assisted by three Ministers-of-State namely Shri A. Narayanaswamy, Km. Pratima Bhoumik and Shri Ramdas Athawale


There are two departments viz. Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Shri Saurabh Garg (IAS) is the Secretary of Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal (IAS) is the Secretary of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Shri Surendra Singh (IAS, JH:1993) is the Additional Secretary of Department of Social Justice & Empowerment.


The Bureau Head wise Allocation of work in Department of Social Justice and Empowerment is as follows:-



Shri Surendra Singh, Additional Secretary

General, Administration and Vigilance (CVO)


International Conventions and Agreements on matters dealt within the Department

Revision of lists for SCs (RL Cell) and  matters relating to Justice Balakrishnan Commission

Corporate Cell

Matters related to Pragati Portal

PCR/PoA Act & Scheme Implementation

Narmada and all R&R matters

All NIC and Information Technology/Website related matters

Matters related to National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) including Joint cadre Group A Posts of NCSC-MSJE

Matters related to National Institute of Social Defence (NISD)

Matters related to Dr. Ambedkar Foundation (DAF)/BJRNF

Facilitation/RTI Cell, CR-RR Section

Mr. Biswaranjan Sasmal, Joint Secretary

Scholarships for Higher Education for Young Achievers Scheme (SHREYAS – SCs)

Pre-Post Scholarship Schemes for SCs,

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT),

PM-Anusuchit Jati Abhyuday Yojana (PM-AJAY)

Scheme of Residential Education for Students in High School in Targeted Area (SRESHTA)

Matters related to the National Scheduled Castes  Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC)

Shri Ram Prasad Meena, Joint Secretary

Scholarships for Higher Education for Young Achievers Scheme (SHREYAS – OBC)

PM Young Achievers Scholarship Award Scheme for Vibrant India (PM –YASASVI)

 All matters relating to EWS

 All matters relating to OBCs

Parliament, Legal Cell.

Official Language

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)

Matters relating to Commission to examine sub-categorization of OBCs (CESOB)

Matters relating to the National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC)

Matters relating to Development and Welfare Board for. Nomadic and Semi Nomadic Communities (DWBDNCs) and De-notified, Tribes and all related DNT matters

Mrs Radhika Chakravarthy, Joint Secretary

Welfare of Transgender Persons

Matter relating to Prohibition

Rehabilitation of victims of alcoholism and substance abuse, and their families.

National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) 

Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA)

Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood & Enterprise (SMILE) (Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons)

Project Monitoring Unit (PMU)


Capacity Building

Ms Monali P Dhakate, Joint Secretary

Atal Vayo Abhyuday Yojana (AVYAY)

The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 (56 of 2007)

All other matters relating to Senior Citizens

Pradhan Mantri Dakshata aur Kushalata Sampann Hitgrahi Yojna (PM-DAKSH)

Venture Capital Funds, 

Credit Enhancement Guarantee Scheme for SC

Mrs Yogita Swaroop, Sr. Economic Adviser

Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 (MS Act, 2013)

All matters relating to the Self Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS)

Beggary Issues, including support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood & Enterprise (SMILE)  (Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons Engaged in the Act of Begging)

Examination and preparation of comments on Draft Cabinet Note/CCEA/EFC/SFC/PIB/DIB Notes of other Ministries

Economic Survey

Gati Shakti  Sanchar Portal and AKAM

Matters related to SDG 2030

Policy/ regulatory framework to attract private sector funds/PPP

National Action Plan for Mechanised Sanitation Ecosystem (NAMSTE)

The National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC)

The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK)

Mrs Pratima Gupta, DDG

Evaluation Studies of Scheme of the Department

Monitoring matters and issues related to Niti Aayog

Handbook/All  Statistics related matters 

Output-outcome framework

Gender Budget 

Preparation of Annual Report

Sectoral Group of Secretaries (SGoS)/ Vision Document

Public Grievances (CPGRAM), PM-CARES

Overall coordination of E-Samiksha

Social Audit of Schemes

Media  I-MESA-  Awareness generation, research, evaluation and training

All other matters related to Statistics Division

Developmental Action Plan for SCs (DAPSC) and related matters/schemes

Mr. Sanjay Pandey, JS & FA

Budget & IFD 

Release of funds as per budgetary support, audit paras,

PAC, EFC and SFC of the department in conjunction with the concerned Joint Secretary and Standing Committee work related to Demands for Grants.

To be consulted in formulation of schemes, annual plans, vision document, OOMF, Gender budgeting, PPP, EAP, Niti Aayog issues, enabling policy & regulatory framework to attract private sector funds