Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities

Department Name

Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities,  Gurdaspur

Name of the HOD & Designation

Sh. Sukhwinder Singh

District Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Officer

Landline No. and Email id


Officer Directory


Programs/Schemes(Both Centre & State Government)

Name of Program

Home page of website(URL)

Reports(Link with name of department)(URL)

Ashirwad Scheme

Inter Caste Marriage Scheme

Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students

Post-Matric Scholarship for Minority Students

Key Achievement


Key functions of the department

Since its creation, the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities is implementing a number of Educational, Social and Economic Development schemes/programmes for the welfare, social and economic upliftment of lower strata of the society belonging to Scheduled castes, Backward Classes and now Minorities also. The department is mandated to implement the schemes/programmes for different categories, either on share basis with Govt.of India or State funded. Hence, this department is a beacon of hope for hundreds and thousands poor families of the society. The earlier concept of welfare alone has been shifted to empowerment of poors. Therefore, the main objective of the department is not only doling out grants and other benefits to SC’s, BC’s and Minorities, rather providing them social justice and empower them to compete and standup with the society. Govt. of Punjab have made a number of revolutionary changes in administrative reforms which are significantly changing the tenor of governance in Punjab. To keep the pace with paradigm shift in governance, this department is also in the process of adopting IT applications to switch over the payment of scholarships/grants to students/beneficiaries from manual system to Online Banking Management System in case of 17 schemes, to begin with.