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MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS
(ALPASANKHAYAK KARYA MANTRALAYA)

  1. Over all policy, planning, coordination, evaluation and review of the regulatory and developmental programmes of the minority communities.
  2. All matters relating to minority communities except matters relating to law and order.
  3. Policy initiatives for protection of minorities and their security in consultation with other Central Government Ministries and State Governments.
  4. Matters relating to linguistic minorities and of the office of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities.
  5. Matters relating to the National Commission for Minorities Act.
  6. Work relating to the evacuee Wakf properties under the Administration of Evacuee Property Act, 1950 (31 of 1950) since repealed).
  7. Representation of the Anglo-Indian Community.
  8. Protection and preservation of non-Muslim shrines in Pakistan and Muslim shrines in India in terms of Pant-Mirza Agreement of 1955, In consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.
  9. Questions relating to the minority communities in neighbouring countries, in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.
  10. Charities and Charitable Institutions, Charitable and religious Endowments pertaining to subjects dealt with in the Department.
  11. Socio-economic, cultural and educational matters pertaining to Minorities, including issues related to Minority Educational Institutions and Organisations, including Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
  12. The Wakf Act, 1955 (43 of 1995) and Central Wakf Council.
  13. The Durgah Khawaja Saheb Act, 1955 (36 of 1955).
  14. Funding of programmes and projects for the welfare of minorities, including the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.
  15. Employment opportunities for minorities in the Central and State Public Sector Undertakings, as also in the Private Sector.
  16. Formulation of measures relating to the protection of minorities and their security in consultation with other concerned Central Ministries and State Government.
  17. National Commission for Socially and Economically Backward Sections among religious and Linguistic Minorities.
  18. All matters relating to the Justice Sachar Committee
  19. Prime Ministers new 15-Polint Programme for Minorities.
  20. Any other issues pertaining to the communities.”

 

SALIENT FEATURES OF NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE ACT, 2005

(NREG Act)

AIM OF THE ACT:

To enhance livelihood security of the rural households by providing them guaranteed wage employment in unskilled manual work.

Features:-

  1. Historic Act – For the first time in the history of India
  2. Right to demand 100 days work (employment) from government
  3. Unemployment allowance – 100 days work or demand for compensation as per rates prescribed
  4. Section of works by villagers – villagers can decide priority works to be taken up
  5. Priority to women – 1/3rd of the employment to women
  6. Complete transparency
  7. Ban on contractors
  8. Pivotal role of Panchayats in planning and implementation of the scheme
  9. No. of work site facilities for labourers
  10. Scheme will be implemented initially in 200 districts selected by Central Government, benefiting about 1.7 Crore households
  11. Within 5 years this scheme will be extended to all the Districts of the country, benefiting about 5 crore households.
  12. Selection of initial 200 districts on the basis of “most backwards districts” where National Food for Work Programme is currently being implemented.
  13. Registration of applicants. 
  14. Group application can be made.
  15. Within 15 days of submitting application, or date employment is sought whichever is later.

Wages and Payments:

(a) Employment Wages:

    1. Not less than Rs. 60/- per day per person (minimum 25% of wages shall be paid in cash – a portion of the cash wages on daily basis)
    2. If employment is provided beyond 5 KMs radius of the applicant’s residence then 10% additional wages towards the transport and living expenses

(b) Unemployment Wages:

  1. If eligible applicant does not get employment within 15 days of demand of work (or the date from which applicant has sought work, whichever is later)
  2. 1/4th of wages rate for the first 30 days and ½ of wages after that (subject to household entitlements)
  3. If labourer gets bodily injured at work site – free medical treatment from the state government
  4. If labourer needs hospitalization – respective state government provides complete treatment, medicines, accommodation without any charge and shall pay daily allowance to the injured person, not less than ½ of wage rate applicable.
  5. If labourer dies ex-gratia of Rs. 25,000/-

Finances:

60% of funds for meeting the cost of unskilled wages and 40% for materials components of the work including the cost of wages of semi-skilled and skilled labourers.