Based on the Expert
Group Report and examination by the Government, the draft Equal
Opportunity Commission (EOC) Bill has been re-circulated for
inter-ministerial consultations. In pursuance of one of the
recommendations made by Sachar Committee, the Government had set up an
Expert Group to examine and determine, inter alia, the structure and
functions of an EOC to address the grievances of deprived groups.
To enable the minorities to avail opportunities in development process
of the country, the Ministry of Minority Affairs is already implementing
various welfare and development schemes/programmes. It has taken
initiatives for educational empowerment, infrastructure development,
skill development, economic empowerment, women empowerment and also to
meet the special needs of the Minorities.
Moreover, under Prime Minister’s 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of
Minorities (PM’s New 15-PP), 24 schemes/programmes of 11
Ministries/Departments including 7 exclusive schemes of the Ministry of
Minority Affairs are covered. Details of the schemes / programmes /
initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Minority Affairs exclusively for
minorities, and various schemes of other Central Ministries /
Departments under PM’s New 15-PP and Sachar Committee recommendations is
available on the website of the Ministry, www.minorityaffairs.gov.in.
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