New Delhi: Former union minister Vijay Sampla on Wednesday took over as Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Wednesday.

Talking to the media after assuming office, Sampla said he will work incessantly to safeguard the interests and the rights of the SC community. "The Commission will work not only to ensure justice to the SCs but will also remain proactive to prevent any form of injustice to the community," he said.

He further stated that the Commission will participate and advise on the planning process of socio-economic development of the Scheduled Castes and to prevent atrocities against them.

He assumed the office in presence of Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Krishan Pal Gurjar , Union Minister Som Prakash, former Chairman of NCSC and BJP MP Hans Raj Hans and other members of Commission.

Sampla has been the former Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014-19.

He was president of the BJP Punjab unit. He also served as Chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Board, Punjab from 2009-12 and subsequently his name was recommended for Rashtrapati Award.

He won the 2014 general election from Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha constituency from Punjab and was the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in the first term of the Narendra Modi government.

In a statement, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment said that Sampla was actively involved in the upliftment and welfare of deprived classes of the society, especially for the Scheduled Castes. "He assumed charge today after being appointed by the President as Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes," it said.