Department of Social Justice and Empowerment


In the year 1985-86, the erstwhile Ministry of Welfare was bifurcated into the Department of Women and Child Development and the Department of Welfare. Simultaneously, the Scheduled Castes Development Division, Tribal Development Division and the Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Division were moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs and also the Wakf Division from the Ministry of Law to form the then Ministry of Welfare

Subsequently, the name of the Ministry was changed to the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in May, 1998. Further, in October, 1999, the Tribal Development Division had moved out to form a separate Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In January, 2007, the Minorities Division along with Wakf Unit have been moved out of the Ministry and formed as a separate Ministry and the Child Development Division has gone to the Ministry of Women & Child Development.

NGOs Scheme
Educational Schemes
Schemes for Economic Development
Schemes for Social Empowerment

National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC)


National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) was set up in 2001 under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs , Government of India with head office in New Delhi.

The corporation is managed by a Board of Directors with representatives from Central Government, State Channelizing Agencies (SCA), National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD), Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED) and three eminent persons representing Scheduled Tribes.

The main objects of the Corporation is to work for socio-economic and educational upliftment of Scheduled Tribes(STs), to provide better self-employment avenues so that they can become economically independent and self-reliant. The Corporation undertakes a wide range of activities for socio–economic and educational upliftment of the STs by devising and implementing financial assistance schemes exclusively for the tribal. These schemes are for providing loans to the poor STs at concessional rates of interest and on soft terms & conditions. For helping tribal students to pursue higher education, loans are offered which are subsidized by the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

The Corporation also provides grants for conducting training and skill development programs for tribal youth so that they can enhance their employability /productivity or can take-up entrepreneurial activity.

National Scheduled Caste Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC)


NSFDC was setup by the Government of India on February 08, 1989 with the name National Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSCSTFDC). It was incorporated as a fully owned Government of India Company under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 (Previously Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956).

Consequent upon the orders of the Government of India declaring bifurcation of the erstwhile NSCSTFDC into two separate corporations (one each for SCs & STs), the existing NSFDC is now functioning exclusively for the development of the Scheduled Castes w.e.f. 10.04.2001.
It has been assigned the task for financing, facilitating and mobilizing funds for the economic empowerment of persons having annual family income up to Rs. 3.00 lakh for both rural and urban areas. It provides financial assistance for income generating schemes for the target group through State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) which are nominated by respective State/UT Government and other Channel Partners such as Public Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks, NBFC-MFIs, JHARCRAFT, NEDFi etc.
This is managed by a Board of Directors with representation from Central Government, State Scheduled Castes Development Corporations, Financial Institutions and non-official members representing Scheduled Castes.

Share Capital
The authorized share capital of the Corporation is Rs 1500 crores and the Paid up Capital is Rs. 1500.00 crore as on 30th September, 2021.


To be the leading catalyst in systematic reduction of poverty through socio-economic development of eligible Scheduled Castes, working in an efficient, responsive and collaborative manner with channelizing agencies and other development partners.


Promote prosperity among Scheduled Castes by improving flow of financial assistance and through skill development & other innovative initiatives.


  • Identification of trades & other economic activities of importance to Scheduled Castes population.
  • Upgradation of skills & processes used by persons belonging to Scheduled Castes.
  • Promotion of small, cottage & village industries.
  • Financing of pilot programmes for upliftment and economic welfare of persons belonging to Scheduled Castes.
  • Improvement in flow of financial assistance to persons belonging to Scheduled Castes for their economic well-being.
  • Assistance to target group in setting up their projects by way of project preparation, training and financial assistance.
  • Extending loans to eligible students belonging to Scheduled Castes for pursuing full time professional and technical courses in India and abroad.
  • Extending loans to eligible youth to enhance their skill & employability by pursuing vocational education & training courses in India.

In pursuance of above objects, your NSFDC is engaged in providing financial assistance at concessional interest rates under various credit schemes to beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes, through the State/UT Channelizing Agencies and other channel partners and is also extending various non-credit schemes to support the target groups.

Dr. Ambedkar Foundation


Set up on 24th March 1992 on the recommendations of the Centenary Celebrations Committee heded by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. To implement the programmes and activities for furthering the ideology and message of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar among the masses in India as well as abroad. To manage , administer and carry on the important and long-term schemes and programmes identified during the Centenary Celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.

Nature of Organisation:

A Society set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, registered under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860.
Also registered as a charitable institution U/S 12(A) and 80(G) of Income Tax Act. Fully funded by the Government of India.

Actvities, Programmes & Projects
  • Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial & Museum at 26, Alipur Road, Delhi.
  • Dr. Ambedkar International Centre at Janpath.
  • Dr. Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and Upliftment of Weaker Sections.
  • Dr. Ambedkar International Award for Social Change.
  • Dr. Ambedkar Chairs in Universities/Institutions.
  • Publication of the Collected Works of Baba Saheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar in Hindi and 8 regional languages viz. Tamil, Telugu, Odiya, Malyalam, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu & Bengali.
  • Dr.Ambedkar National Merit Award Scheme for SC/ST students for Class 10th level
  • Dr.Ambedkar National Merit Award Scheme for SC students for Class 12th level
  • Dr. Ambedkar National Relief to SC victims of Atrocities.
  • Celebration of Birth Anniversary and Mahaparinirwan Diwas of Dr. Ambedkar on 14th April & 6th December respectively in Parliament House Lawns.
  • Dr. Ambedkar Medical Aid Scheme for SCs & STs.
  • Dr. Ambedkar National Essay Competition Scheme
  • Celebration of Birth Anniversaries of Great Saints
  • Publication of ‘Samajik Nyay Sandesh’, Magazine
  • Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture
  • Dr. Ambedkar Centre of Excellence (DACE)

Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation (BJRNF)


The Babu Jagjivan Ram National Foundation was established by the Government of India as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and registered under The Societies Registration Act, 1860 on 14th March 2008.

The President of the Foundation is the Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment.

The main aim of the Foundation is to propagate the ideals of the late Babu Jagjivan Ram, Deputy Prime Minister, on social reform as well as his ideology, philosophy of life, mission and vision to create a casteless and classless society. The Foundation works to promote the scheduled castes and weaker sections of society through development schemes to promote social justice, to remove discrimination, to empower the scheduled castes and underprivileged people of society as well as to bring about an attitudinal change in society to abolish untouchability and caste-based prejudice.

National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub


The National SC/ST Hub is an initiative of the Government of India targeted towards developing a supportive ecosystem towards SC/ST entrepreneurs.

The National SC/ST Hub (NSSH) would provide professional support to the SC/ST enterprises thereby enabling them to effectively participate in public procurement process. This would involve participation by CPSEs/Central Ministries, States, Industry Associations such as DICCI and others. The Hub would also work towards the development of new entrepreneurs to participate in procurement process leveraging on the ‘Stand up India’ programme. Selected entrepreneurs would be provided with support and mentoring by industry experts, CPSEs, and incubators.

To start with, the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (M/o MSME), has made an initial allocation of Rs. 490 Crore for the period 2016-2020 for the National SC/ST Hub. Discussions with various stakeholders have enabled the Ministry to create an initial agenda for action on this front. While the agenda for action is flexible and would evolve with further inputs from stakeholders and more robust data, initially it attempts to address gaps that exist across multiple drivers of the entrepreneurial eco-system.

The Hub would operate out of the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) headquartered in Delhi, supported by a special cell created for this purpose. All new and existing SC/ST entrepreneurs would be registered on the MSME Databank ( of the Ministry of MSME that would form a reliable database to enhance accessibility for the procurement agencies. A separate website has been launched to apprise the stakeholders about the activities of the Hub.

High Powered Monitoring Committee

Minister of MSME is the chairperson of the committee. The committee members are representatives of various stakeholders including states, various ministries, industry associations & SC/ST entrepreneurs.

Advisory Committee

The Chairperson of this committee is Shri Milind Kamble, Chairman, DICCI (Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry). This committee would work under the High Powered Monitoring Committee in order to bring the industry and SC/ST entrepreneurs’ perspective to the Hub with the purpose of developing an effective, mutually beneficial relationship between the target group and the Government.

Empowered Project Approval Committee

Secretary, Ministry of MSME chairs this committee. As the Hub is dynamic in nature and would evolve over the envisaged period, requirement of funds for various activities is likely to evolve depending on the emphasis areas or changes in identified focus areas. This Committee would ensure such flexibilities with a view to accommodate changing requirements of SC/ST entrepreneurs.