News:Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment has inaugurated the week long Exhibition-cum-Fair “EKAM Fest” in New Delhi.


About EKAM Fest:

  • The word Ekam stands for Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, Awareness, Marketing.It also represents inclusiveness, oneness and unity.
  • Aim:To a) promote entrepreneurship and knowledge among the Divyangjan/Persons with disabilities(PwDs) community b) generate awareness among society about potentialities of PwDs and c) provide a major marketing opportunity to PwDs entrepreneurs.
  • It is being organised by National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Initiatives of NHFDC at the fest:

  • NHFDC Swavalamban Kendra (NSK):It will be a PwD owned micro skill training Centers for skill training of PwDs.These NSKs will have a capacity to provide quality skill training to around 120 PwDs per year.
  • Safe Cabs: It is a PwD owned commercial vehicle which will be driven by the Women drivers to provide safe taxi option for the women, children and senior citizen commuters.

Additional information:

About NHFDC:

  • National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC) is an Apex corporation under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities(Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
  • It was established in 1997 as a not for profit company under Companies act,1956.
  • It provides financial assistance to the Persons with Disabilities for their economic rehabilitation and provides a number of skill development programmes to empower them to grow & sustain their enterprises.