The Ministry of
Minority Affairs is implementing three specific schemes for the welfare
of Minority women under the “Nai - Roshni” for Leadership Development of
Minority Women, specially for development of women belonging to notified
minority communities namely Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists,
Parsis and Jains, Rs. 14.13 Crore have been released and 69 thousand 150
women have been covered till 31st January during current financial year,
Rs. 14.81 crore were released and 58 thousand 725 women were covered in
2015-16, while Rs. 13.78 Crore were released and 71 thousand 75 women
were covered in 2014-16. The aim of the scheme is to empower and instill
confidence in women by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for
interacting with Government system and others at all levels. The scheme
is implemented through selected Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
all over the country.
Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for Meritorious Girls belonging
to minorities is implemented through Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
Under the scheme Rs. 57.60 Crore were released and 48 thousand girls
were covered in 2015-16, while Rs. 54.51 Crore were released and 45
thousand 426 girls were covered in 2014-15.
Mahila Samridhi Yojana is implemented through National Minorities
Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) wherein skill development
training is imparted to group of women in women friendly trades.
Training period is of maximum six months and raw material cost of upto
Rs.1,500/- per trainee and stipend @ Rs.1000/- per trainee is provided.
During the period of training, the women formed into Self Help Group,
followed by infusion of micro-credit maximum upto Rs.1.00 lacs per
member for the purpose of using the skill developed during the training,
for income generation activities.
This information was given by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of
State (IC) for Minority Affairs, in written reply to a question in Lok