The Minister of State
(Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs, Shri
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that India’s cultural and social harmony is
the “password of progress”. Development in the country cannot be ensured
without ensuring cultural and social harmony. Shri Naqvi stated it while
inaugurating the Annual Conference of State Minorities Commissions at
Vigyan Bhawan here today.
The Minister said that the centre is committed to strengthen the social
and communal harmony in the country. Shri Naqvi said that the Modi
Government has been moving forward with commitment to bring happiness in
eyes and prosperity in life of every poor person. Central Government has
created an atmosphere where Minorities are also becoming a part of
development process in the country.
Shri Naqvi said that “inclusive growth” is the commitment and
development of the poor is the target of the Central Government.
Minority Affairs Ministry has started several welfare schemes for
socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities which has ensured
that Minorities have been moving forward on the path of development. He
further stated that “PM’s new 15-point programme”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai
Raushni”, “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Ustaad”, “Pre-metric and Post-metric
scholarships” have benefitted all the Minorities. Besides, other Central
Government schemes such as “Make in India”, “Skill India”, “Start up
India” have also benefitted the Minorities equally.
Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with
the state governments, is constructing schools, colleges, malls,
hospitals, skill development centres etc and revenue generated will be
utilized for educational and other developmental activities for the
Muslim community. Multi-purpose community centres "Sadbhav Mandap" are
also being constructed on waqf land which will be utilized for marriage
ceremonies, exhibitions and also relief centres during a calamity.
He said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs will establish 5 world
class educational institutions to provide better traditional and modern
education to students belonging to Minority communities. A high-level
committee has been constituted for this purpose. The committee is
working on a roadmap including places where these institutes will be
established. We are working on a strategy so that these institutes can
get started in 2018. We have proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls
in these institutions. It has been decided to start “Begam Hajrat Mahal
Girls Scholarship” and “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre” across the
Shri Naqvi said that making Haj application process completely digital;
launch of Haj mobile app and “cashless chaupal” are among our measures
for welfare of Minorities. Centre has also approved about 200 “Sadbhav
Mandap” and 16 “Gurukul” type of schools with a cost of about Rs 262
crore. The Minister informed that welfare schemes-programmes of the
Ministry of Minority Affairs have been made “100 per cent digital” which
has ensured transparency in these schemes.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, National Minority Commission, Shri
Naseem Ahmad said that during the fiscal year, by the end of December
2016, National Minority Commission (NMC) had received 1288 petitions
from all over the country, including a balance of 107 pending of the
previous year, of which only 82 petitions were pending disposal during
the period. He said that NMC Members regularly visit their allotted
states to hear the grievances of minority communities and to monitor the
implementation of various minority welfare schemes. Their tour reports
are considered by the full Commission and the recommendations emerging
therefrom are sent to the concerned authorities for remedial action.