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Government of India
Ministry of Minority Affairs
26-February-2014 18:41 IST
New Born National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Holds First Meet
NMCM Assess Gains and Reviews Planning Process

The recently constituted National Monitoring Committee for Minorities (NMCM) held  its first meeting here today.Constituted on 12th February,2014  under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Minority Affairs, NMCM includes  seventy two experts in minority related issues.As the Ministry has already entered in to its 9th year of establishment, need for  a Monitoring Committee was being felt for long.The National Monitoring Committee  is to  assess the achievements and review its planning process, programmes, strategies and implementation process over a period of time.

Speaking on the occasion Shri K. Rahman Khan said that diversity is country’s strength and dis-diversity must be respected and protective.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing several programmes and schemes to bridge the development deficit in minority concentration areas as raised in Sachar Committee recommendations.

Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) was launched in 2008-09 to address the development deficits by creating socio-economic infrastructure and providing basic amenities.  Under MsDP, the unit of planning is Minority Concentration Blocks (MCBs). 710 MCBs and 66 Minority Concentration Towns (MCTs) have been identified for implementation of MsDP during 12th Plan.

 

Ø  11th Five Year Plan:

·         Funds approved                       :               Rs. 3733.90 Crore

·         Funds released                         :               Rs. 2935.93 Crore

Ø  12th Five Year Plan (as on date):

·         Funds approved                       :               Rs. 2286.25 Crore

·         Funds released                         :               Rs. 1385.52 Crore

 

                The Ministry provides variousScholarship Schemestoencourage education among children of notified minority communities, sustain their effort to complete school education, to increase their rate of attainment in higher education and enhance their employability.Altogether, in case of Pre-Matric, Post –Matric and Merit-cum Means Scholarship schemes, since 11th Plan so far, 2.96 Crore Scholarships have been awarded and Rs. 5412.49 Crore have been released. 

Under Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme (introduced 2008-09), the coverage has increased 13 times while under Post-matric Scholarship (introduced 2007-08), this increase is more than 33 times.  The coverage of beneficiaries under Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship has increased 4 times since its introduction in 2007-08.

Padho Pardes” is the new scheme of the Ministry launched recently, wherein the Ministry will provide interest subsidy to minority students who avail loans from Banks for overseas studies.

To improve the management of Wakf properties and streamline the functioning of State Waqf  Boards, the Waqf (Amendment) Act 2013 has been recently enacted. Among other provisions, the Amendment Act strengthens Central Waqf Council, ensures survey and recording of Waqf records, checks encroachments on Waqf properties and enhances lease period from the present 3 years to 30 years for commercial activities, education and health purposes. 

A new National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) has been set up in January, 2014 as an ambitious initiative to finance the development of Waqf properties for public purposes throughout the country. Union Cabinet has approved a new stand-alone legislation namely “Waqf Properties (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Bill, 2013” for eviction of unauthorized occupants of Wakf properties.  Ministry has already introduced the Bill in RajyaSabha. It will prevent alienations and encroachments on Wakf properties.

The scheme for “Computerization of records of State Waqf Boards” is in progress since 2009, and a web-enabled portal software called Waqf Management System of India (WAMSI)   is in place to develop centralized database of Waqf Properties.

Other Important Achievements of the Ministry include-

 

The National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) has disbursed concessional loans to 6.44 lakh deprived minority beneficiaries to the tune of Rs. 1667.41 Crore during 11th Plan Period and 12th Plan Period so far.

A new scheme “SeekhoaurKamao (Learn & Earn)” launched for skill development of minoritiesduring 2013-14 guaranteeing employmentto minimum 75% of trained minority youths .

 

For women empowerment, a Leadership Development Programme for Minority Women started during 2012-13 and supported training of 36950 women in 12 States with an amount of Rs.10.45 Crore.  During 2013-14, Ministry aims to train 40,000 women with an amount of Rs. 15.00 Crore.

A unique scheme with the name “Jiyo Parsi” started during 2013-14 for containing population decline of Parsis in India.

 

The Union Cabinet has approved constitution of Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) on 20.02.2014. Now, the Bill will be introduced in Parliament.

 

A Pilot Project “Minority Cyber Gram” launched for Digital literacy of Minorities in collaboration with Digital Empowerment Foundation in PPP Mode at village Chandauli, District Alwar, Rajasthan.Total 2,600 villagers have been targeted under this pilot project.

 

A dedicated Toll Free Helpline Khidmat” – 1800112001 launched, to assist the members of minority communities and provide information on schemes/programmes of the Ministry. The helpline works on all working days between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

To improve public interface, generate awareness and develop dialogue with target communities, Ministry  has launched a quarterly tri-lingual (Hindi, English and Urdu) magazine “Minority Today” on 29th January, 2014

 

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