Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India
It is a pleasure to know that the National Trust has taken the initiative for online processing of all its schemes and activities as a part of the "Digital India" campaign. The National Trust is a statutory body under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India set up for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities. The National Trust works towards providing opportunities for capacity development of persons with disability and their families, fulfilling their rights, facilitating and promoting creation of an enabling environment and an inclusive society. The effort taken by the National Trust in empowering abilities of persons with developmentally challenged by revision and up-gradation of various need based schemes and website is commendable. This will provide opportunities for persons with disabilities through comprehensive support systems which can also be done by collaboration with other Organisations. The website will be useful not only for Registered Organisations of the National Trust, person with disability , parents of person with disability but also for other stakeholders engaged in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and for their social integration. I am sure this effort of the National Trust will provide the required support for persons with disabilities and ensure that the persons with disability and their family live independently with dignity, equal rights and opportunities.
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
The National Trust is working as a statutory body under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment with a view to raising the socio-economic status of the persons with disabilities of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities by providing them various schemes of capacity building, training and care & shelter through its registered organizations. The National Trust is an inclusive society which values human diversity and enables and empowers full participation of Persons with Disability to live independently with dignity, equal rights and opportunities. The National Trust works towards providing opportunities for capacity development of Persons with Disability and their families, fulfilling their rights, facilitating and promoting the creation of an enabling environment and an inclusive society. The National Trust works for the most challenging sphere of disability and I commend the various Stakeholders working along with the National Trust in the area of Mental Disability.
Union Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
I am happy to know that The National Trust is going to upgrade its Website, scheme management system, web application and mobile application in line with Digital India Plan of Honle Prime Minister of India. The National Trust is a statutory body of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, set up under the “National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities” Act (Act 44 of 1999). The far-reaching schemes and programmes of the National Trust clearly show the hard work that has gone into building a solid base for the organization. Over a period of so many years, The National Trust has done an exemplary job in implementing large number of schemes. Congratulation and best wishes to the ‘National Trust‘ in all its future endeavours.
The National Trust which is statutory body of the department of empowerment of person with disabilities (Vivyang jan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment constituted under the National Trust Act, 1999 is doing excellent work in the area of empowering the person with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities. It lounched 10 new/revised scheme in October, 2015 which are being implemented through its Registered Organizations. It has also launched new website and dynamic Scheme Management System for providing funding under its scheme. I appreciate the efforts of National Trust for running the schemes and wish them all the success in their Endeavour.
I am happy to join as Chairperson of the Board of the National Trust w.e.f. 01.09.2016. It gives me immense pleasure to know that the National Trust, a Statutory Body under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjans), working for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, has launched the New Website and 10 New Schemes and has taken the initiative for online processing of all its schemes and activities as a part of the “Digital India” campaign. This online Scheme Management System (SMS) has made the National Trust working transparent and accountable. I hope these Schemes will be very effective and play a major role in improving the quality of life of persons with these four disabilities, the National Trust deals in. I request all the Trustees to cooperate me in achieving the objectives of the National Trust. I also request to all the Registered Organizations (ROs) to join hands with us and ensure that maximum advantage of the Schemes of the National Trust is provided to the persons with these four disabilities.
I welcome you and thank you for visiting our website. The National Trust (NT) has been set up to discharge two basic duties – legal and welfare. Legal duties are discharged through Local Level Committees (LLC) and providing Legal Guardianships. Welfare duty is discharged through the Schemes. We have a network of more than 550 registered organizations and 628 LLCs at District level. Earlier schemes did not work well as found in the impact evaluation. There was need to revamp old schemes, devise new schemes and also change the financing pattern. Registered Organizations were not keen in taking advantage of our schemes. NT could spend only Rs. 4.31cr. per year (average) on the schemes which was inadequate. Now NT shall be spending approximately Rs. 45.00 cr. every year. We have developed 10 new schemes after wide consultation with the stakeholders.
We conducted 6 regional workshops at Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Lucknow; got feedback through questionnaires; visited scheme centres/ROs; discussed 4 times in the Board and a presentation was made in AGM. This kind of wide consultation has made these schemes inclusive, viable and pragmatic. The online Scheme Management System(SMS) as part of “Digital India” is going to make NT working transparent and accountable. I hope these schemes will go a long way in improving the quality of life of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation & Multiple Disabilities. I appeal to all ROs to take maximum advantage of all the schemes.