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Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India

Sh. Salman Khursheed

Minister of State (i/c), Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India.

Office: 11th floor, Paravaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003 Web Site: http://www.minorityaffairs.gov.in

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Shri Sujit Datta
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(The following is the document received from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, on 21st May 2008, at Mr. Babukhan's request to the said Ministry.)

MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS
Government of India

TOWARDS A STRONGER NATION

Social inclusion initiatives giving India a new dimension

SCHEMES APPROVED AND STEPS TAKEN TOWARDS SOCIAL INCLUSION AND DEVELOPMENT OF MINORITIES:

 

  1. EXCLUSIVE MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS

Ministry of Minority Affairs, created on 29th January 2006

        1. Intended to ensure a focused approach to issue relating to the Minoritie
        2. Play a pivotal role in planning and coordinating development programmes for the benefit of the Minority Communities
        3. Foster social inclusion through such initiatives.

 

  1. PRIME MINISTER’S NEW 15 POINT PROGRAMME FOR THE WELFARE OF MINORITIES

Programme launched in June, 2006 with definite goals to be achieved in a specific time frame.  Important features are:

  1. Enhancing opportunities for education.
  1. Providing an equitable share in economic activities and employment.
  1. Improving the conditions of living of Minorities.
  1. Prevention and control of communal riots.

Programme seeks:

  1. To ensure that the benefits of various government schemes reach disadvantaged sections of the Minority Communities.
  2. To earmark for Minorities, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes considered amenable to such earmarking.
  1. To fix targets every year for all such schemes
  1. To monitor implementation closely at the Centre and State level.

Programmes considered amenable to earmarking are:

  1. Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
  1. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme (KGBV)
  1. Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY), Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)
  1. Upgradation of existing Industrial training Institutes (ITIs) into Centres of Excellence.
  1. Bank credit under Priority Sector Lending.
  1. Swaran Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana (SJSRY), Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) and Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

 

20 States/UTs have constituted State level and District level Monitoring Committees.

Notable achievements in 2006-07:

  1. ICDS: 91.02% of the target fixed was achieved under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
  1. SSA: More than 80% in construction of Upper Primary Schools, new Primary Schools, new Upper Primary Schools and number of Teachers sanctioned.
  1. KGBV: 82.20%
  1. Guide lines issued for improving representation of Minorities in Government; some encouraging trends in para-military forces.
  1. 5,118 Madarsas assisted for modernization.
  1. 34.98% of project cost for BSUP and 17.8% of project cost for IHSDP approved for cities/towns with substantial Minority population

 

  1. EXCLUSIVE SCHEMES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF MINORITIES
  1. Three Scholarship Schemes approved for students belonging to the Minority Communities.
  1. All three Schemes have 30% earmarked for girl students.

 

Merit-cum-means based Scholarship:

  1. For technical and professional courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  1. 20,000 new scholarships every year.
  1. Full reimbursement of fees for 50 Institutes listed in the Scheme.
  1. Reimbursement of course fee up to Rs. 20,000/- per annum for other Institutes.
  1. Maintenance allowance of Rs. 1,000 for hostellers and Rs. 500/- for day-scholars for ten months in a year.
  1. 17,177 Scholarships sanctioned to 27 States/UTs.

 

Post-Matric Scholarship:

  1. Class XI up to Ph. D level also includes technical and vocational courses of Class XI and XII.
  1. Reimbursement of admission/tuition fee per annum up to Rs. 7,000/- for class XI and XII, up to Rs. 10,000/- for technical/vocational courses at class XI and XII level, and up to Rs. 3,000/- for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  1. Maintenance Allowance varying from Rs. 235/- to Rs. 550/- for hostellers and Rs. 140/- to Rs. 330/- for day-scholars given.
  1. 15 lakh scholarships targeted for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.
  1. 24,816 scholarships sanctioned to 15 States/UTs; 57.70% for girl students.

 

Pre-Matric Scholarship:

  1. From Class I to Class X.
  1. Reimbursement of admission fee up to Rs. 500/- per annum and tuition fee up to Rs. 350/- per month.
  1. Maintenance Allowance at the rate of Rs. 600/- per month from Class VI to X for hostellers and Rs. 100/- per month from Class I to X for day-scholars.
  1. 25 Lakh Scholarships targeted for the Eleventh Five Year Plan.

 

Coaching and allied Scheme:

  1. Launched in July, 2007
  1. Caters to the emerging trends of the job market.
  1. Expected to assist economically weaker sections of students belonging to the Minority Communities to avail job opportunities.
  1. 60 cases sanctioned for 3,837 candidates.

 

Special Development initiatives in Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs)

  1. Identified 90 Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs) which are backward in basic amenities and socio-economic parameters.
  1. Baseline survey carried out to identify ‘development deficits’.  Eleven reports already received.
  1. Multi-sectoral development programme approved for addressing the ‘development deficits in area of education, sanitation, pucca housing, drinking water and electricity supply etc,.

 

Maulana Azad Educational Foundation:

  1. MAEF Corpus increased from Rs. 100 Crore to Rs. 250 Crore to enable it to expand its education development activities.
  1. MEASURES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CREDIT
  1. All Public Sector Banks directed to open more Branches in identified Minority Concentration Districts.  496 new Branches opened till 31-03-2008.
  1. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revised the Master Circular on Priority Sector Lending on 05-07-2007.  Public Sector Banks to set up lending to Minorities from 9% to 15% over the next three years.  Road map proposed by all 28 Public Sector Banks.
  1. Revised Master Circular provides for setting up of a Special Cell to ensure smooth flow of credit to Minorities.
  1. Restructuring of the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) recommended by an expert group under consideration.  Authorised share capital of the NMDFC increased from Rs. 650 Crore to Rs. 750 Crore.

 

  1. MEASURES TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION
  1. Under SSA, States advised to give primacy to opening Girls Only Upper Primary Schools in Minority Concentration areas.  270 KGBVs sanctioned in blocks having more than 20% population of Muslims.
  1. Priority to be given to opening of Secondary/Senior Secondary Schools in areas of Muslim concentration.  A scheme for universalizing Secondary Education being formulated.
  1. New Jan Shikshan Sansthans would be set up in all Districts, with a substantial population of Muslims, not covered as yet with such Sansthans.  Three JSSs sanctioned in Minority Concentration areas.
  1. Mid Day Meal programme extended to Upper Primary level in all 3,479 educationally backward blocks.
  1. Seventy seven blocks, with a high concentration of Muslims identified for establishment of BITEs for teacher education, Scheme for setting up of BITES being modified.
  1. Provision of more girl’s hostels in Colleges and Universities in Minority Concentration Districts proposed under the existing University Grants Commission (UGC) Scheme.  Proposed also to open new polytechnics with hostel facilities in MCDs.
  1. The Madarsa modernization programme being revised to make it more attractive by providing better salary to Teachers, increased assistance for books, teaching aids, and computers, introduce vocational subjects, etc,.
  1. UGC asked to work out modalities so that Universities are encouraged to recognize Madarsa qualifications.
  1. NCERT has prepared text books for all classes in the light of the NCF 2005, except class V and VIII.
  1. Requirement of Urdu Teachers from the States being ascertained and sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

 

  1. PROGRAMMES IN THE PIPELINE:

Special Development Initiatives in Urban Areas:

    1. Recommendations of an inter-ministerial task force set up to consider improvement in civic amenities and economic opportunities in 338 Class I & II Towns, with substantial minority population, circulated for inter-ministerial consultation.

Plan for Skill Development:

    1. Inter-ministerial group for skill and entrepreneurial development constituted for preparation of a comprehensive plan for development of artisanal clusters.

INITIATIVES FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION

Affirmative action:

    1. Expert Group constituted to study and recommend the structure and functions of an Equal Opportunities Commission.  Report submitted by Expert Group on 13-03-2008.
    1. Expert Group constituted for evolving an appropriate Diversity Index to measure diversity in the areas of education, housing, and employment.  Report expected by May, 2008.
    1. A National Data Bank, to compile data on the various socio-economic and basic amenities parameters for socio-economic religious communities, set up in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
    1. An autonomous Assessment & Monitoring Authority (AMA), to analyse data collected for taking appropriate and corrective policy decisions, set up in the Planning Commission.
    1. Unorganised Sector Social Security Bill, to provide safeguards to workers in the unorganized sector, a large proportion of them being from the Minority Communities, introduced in Rajya Sabha.
    1. Concerns raised by the Sachar Committee on the delimitation of Constituencies considered by a High Level Committee.  It is reported referred to a Group of Ministers.

 

Social Inclusion:

    1. Thirteen Universities provided Rs. 40 Lakhs each, for starting Centres for Studying Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy for Minorities and SCs and STs
    1. Instructions issued to Training Institutes to include in their induction and in-training courses a module on social inclusion to sensitise government employees.

 

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