Department of Disabilities Affairs renamed as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Government of India rechristened the Department of Disability Affairs as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.
Union Government on 29 December 2014 renamed the Department of Disability Affairs (Nishaktata Karya Vibhag) as Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Viklangjan Sashaktikaran Vibhag).
This department is functional under the Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
About Department of Disability Affairs
The Union Government in June 2012 created the Department of Disability Affairs under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. The department was created to act as the nodal agency for matters pertaining to disabilities. The department had several institutes functional under it like Institutes for the differently-abled, visually challenged, mentally challenged, and empowerment of persons with multiple disabilities.
The decision to create Department of Disability Affairs was taken in accordance to Census 2001 that revealed that over 21 million (2.1 crore) people in India (12.6 million males and 9.3 million females) are suffering from one or the other kind of disability. This population was equivalent to 2.1 percent of the population.