January 2015 \ Interviews \ Interview Cabinet Minister
"We welcome all NRIs who want to join the social justice movement"

Interview with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Thawar Chand Gehlot Taking time out from Parliament, Cabinet Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Thawar Chand Gehlot spoke to Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty and spelt out the challenges before him in the coming months

By Sayantan Chakravarty

Public health, sanitation, conservancy and solid waste management are the key areas when it comes to improving the life of target groups. You must be working closely with other ministries in this regard?

As I said, my department would benefit population of 70 crores which includes but are not limited to senior citizens, scheduled castes, backward castes, kinnars, drug addicts and beggars. Social security is also very important, there are old people who have money and house but stay alone, and they have servants to look after them but servants often commit crimes for the sake of money. And such economic, social and educational problems are prevalent across social strata. Hence providing security to these people and guarding their interests becomes extremely important, and Modi ji wants all people should be protected and especially for people fighting drug abuse all people should come together to give their support to them. All people of our nation also have a responsibility towards handicapped people as we have a culture of “live and let live” philosophy and are based on principles of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.

So for people who feel excluded from family and society we should try to include them socially and culturally in mainstream. We have a responsibility towards such people as all these also have talents and if we give our support they’ll be able to do their bit for national development.

Handicapped people are also not behind normal people in any area. Recently our Blind cricked team defeated Pakistan to win the world cup trophy. Prior to this, two Asian Games events were held in Japan and Korea, and our team of 135 sportspersons had gone and out of those 3 gold medal, 14 silvers and 16 bronze medals were won. This is an example of how talented they are and how they can prove themselves in any competition.

Like I said small steps lead to big changes, all Indians should support their fellow brothers and sisters by taking small steps of change so that they can better their lives and our ministry also promotes such talent and policies. Also they have support of Sports ministry.

The role of our ministry becomes even more important but all departments have their role to play.