Implementing PM’s 15 Point Programme for Minorities

Implementation of Prime Minister’s 15 Point Programme
Implementation of Prime Minister’s 15 Point Programme

PIB News Update:The Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities (PM’s New 15 PP) is an overarching programme covering various schemes/initiatives of the participating Ministries/Departments, and  is implemented throughout the country.  The said Programme also provides that, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes should be earmarked for minorities. The performance of schemes/initiatives of Ministries / Departments included in the PM’s New 15 PP, is evaluated by the concerned Ministry/ Department and is a continuous process.  The schemes of Ministry of Minority Affairs meant exclusively for the centrally notified minority communities viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains are also evaluated from time to time. Details of outcome of evaluation studies conducted in respect of vairous Schemes/Programmes of this Ministry as well as the other Ministries/Departments covered under the PM’s New 15 PP  are available on the Ministry’s website www.minorityaffairs.gov.in

            The Ministry implements various welfare schemes for minority communities across the country including Jammu and Kashmir, as per the guidelines of the respective scheme.

            This was stated by the Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS OF MINORITY COMMUNITIES

To another question, the Minister stated that the Ministry of Minority Affairs has adopted a multi-pronged strategy by way of implementation of various schemes which aim at educational empowerment, employment-oriented skill development, infrastructure support, etc. for the upliftment of living standards of the six centrally notified minorities (Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains).  Details of these schemes are as under:

  1. Educational Empowerment:
  1. Scholarship Schemes – Pre-Matric Scholarship, Post-Matric Scholarship and Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship. Since 2014-15,  3.74 crore scholarships have been provided.
  2. Naya Savera – Free Coaching and Allied Scheme with the aim to enhance skills and knowledge of students and candidates from minority communities to get employment in Government Sector/ Public Sector Undertakings, jobs in private sector and admission in reputed institutions in technical and professional courses at under-graduate and post-graduate levels.
  3. Nai Udaan – a scheme for providing support to minority candidates clearing Prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commission,  State Public Service Commissions etc.,  to adequately equip them to compete for appointment to Civil Services in the Union and the States.
  4. Padho Pardes – A scheme for providing interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies to enable students from minority communities to pursue higher education.
  5. Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme provides financial assistance to students from notified minority communities, to pursue higher education such as M. Phil and Ph. D.
  6. In addition, the Maulana  Azad Education Foundation implements the following two schemes:
  1. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for meritorious girls belonging to minorities from class IX to XII.
  2. Gharib Nawaz Employment Programme.

(B)      Economic Empowerment:

  1. Employment-oriented Skill Development: programme
  1. Seekho aur Kamao (Learn & Earn): It is a skill development initiative for minorities and aims to upgrade the skills of minority youth in various modern/traditional skills depending upon their qualification, present economic trends and market potential, which can earn them suitable employment or make them suitably skilled to go for self-employment.
  2. Upgrading Skill and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTTAD) – The scheme aims at capacity building and upgrading of the traditional skills of master craftsmen and artisans; documentation of identified traditional arts/crafts of minorities; set standards of traditional skills; training of minority youths in various identified traditional arts/crafts through master craftsmen; develop national and international market linkages; and preservation of languishing Arts/Crafts. Hunar Haats are organized in various parts of the country, which provides direct and indirect employment to skilled artisans and craft persons.
  3. Nai Manzil – A scheme to provide education and skill training to the youth from minority communities.

(ii) National Minorities Development Finance Corporation (NMDFC) Loan Schemes which provide concessional loans for self-employment and income generating activities for the socio- economic development of the backward sections amongst the notified minorities.

(iii) Priority Sector Lending by Banks.

(C)    Infrastructure Support:

Besides, there is another Scheme namely Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), which aims at improving the socio-economic conditions of minorities and providing basic amenities so as to improve their quality of life and reduce imbalances in the identified Minority Concentration Areas.  The major projects approved under the Education Sector and for Skill Development, include Residential Schools, School buildings, Hostels, Degree Colleges, ITIs, Polytechnics, Sadbhav Mandaps, Health Centers, Working Women Hostels etc.  80% of the resources under the scheme are earmarked for projects related to Education, Health and Skill Development.  Further 33 to 40% of resources are allocated for women centric projects.

      The Minister also stated that Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) an autonomous body under the administrative control of this Ministry, in its 52nd Meeting held on 29.12.2016, had constituted a committee to go into the modalities for establishment of institutions in different parts of the country with a view to facilitate educational empowerment of minorities especially girls.

      The Committee has submitted its report and has recommended for three tier model of   educational institutions for minorities having:

(i)  211 Central Schools at the bottom.

(ii)  25 Community Colleges at the middle; and

(iii)  05 National Institutes at the top level.

      The said committee has submitted its report on 06.07.2017 to the General Body of MAEF, which has adopted the said report. Upon the recommendation of the said committee, on request of MAEF, the Government of Rajasthan,  has allotted 15 acre land at Village Kohrapipli, Tehsil – Kishangarhbas, District – Alwar for setting up a National Institute of eminence.

         FREE COACHING AND ALLIED SCHEMES

     Under Free Coaching and Allied Scheme, the following Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) have been empanelled w.e.f  2017-18 to 2019-20 for the State of West Bengal. The funds released to these PIAs in the State of West Bengal during the last three years and the current financial year is given as under:-

S. No. Name of organization District

 

Fund released

(Rs. in crore)

Al-Ameen Mission Howrah 5.39
Chuanpur Saptaparni Murshidabad 0.10
Al-Ameen Educational Council Howrah 0.20
Al-Ameen Mission Trust Howrah 7.01

     In the last three years and current year, 2,28,48,809 scholarships and 31,801 students were  provided free coaching. The State-wise and Year –wise details of students of minority community benefitted under Scholarship schemes and Free Coaching and Allied Scheme during the last three years and current year are at Annexure-I and Annexure-II respectively.

     The Ministry of Minority Affairs implements Naya Savera – Free Coaching and Allied Scheme under which free coaching is provided to students of six centrally notified minority communities namely Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Zoroastrians (Parsis). The scheme provides coaching to students so as to enable them to qualify in entrance examinations for admission in technical/ professional courses, and various Competitive examinations for recruitment to Group ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ services. The scheme is implemented through Project Implementing Agencies(PIA)/Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

    Coaching institutions/organizations are monitored by State Government as per provisions of the scheme including checking their infrastructure and mid-term inspection report. In addition, National Productivity Council (NPC) which is an independent agency under administrative control of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry had been engaged to conduct concurrent monitoring of the scheme w.e.f 2016-17 to 2018-19.

Annexure-I
 
Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme: State-wise and year-wise details of scholarships awarded/sanctioned during the last three years and current year
S.No. States/UTs 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19* 2019-20*
Scholarship awarded Scholarship awarded Scholarship awarded Scholarship awarded
Andhra Pradesh 140716 136544 145480 168588
Telangana 176487 176109 187597 182932
Assam 170155 203463 148857 277026
Bihar 118386 170621 282686 296103
Chhattisgarh 9896 10307 8130 7410
Goa 1767 0 565 789
Gujarat 135954 146473 152521 160452
Haryana 7062 10926 10872 14089
Himachal Pradesh 2247 2195 2019 2611
Jammu & Kashmir 83050 146262 189642 442784
Jharkhand 34168 63299 64346 89908
Karnataka 473190 363072 498217 549918
Kerala 573921 591695 661689 663865
Madhya Pradesh 89386 115078 129531 151072
Maharashtra 494903 638111 740978 758781
Manipur 6609 9095 19106 47101
Meghalaya 14586 12231 13137 18185
Mizoram 49012 31461 44539 53425
Nagaland 21661 30207 33702 56278
Odisha 18556 13342 13282 16020
Punjab 445540 464862 468494 507773
Rajasthan 146385 158285 163972 186287
Sikkim 1288 850 517 783
Tamil Nadu 374668 348398 367683 408146
Tripura 1072 6083 4572 4641
Uttar Pradesh 509783 638433 788008 720876
Uttarakhand 18052 24911 24631 33745
West Bengal 776071 1082415 1319740 9681
Andaman & Nicobar 23 0 76 119
Chandigarh 2678 2317 1465 1614
Dadra & Nagar Haveli 96 70 148 178
Daman & Diu 49 5 46 49
Delhi 1052 12510 4738 7532
Puducherry 1982 2363 2904 3714
* Provisional Data as on 06.03.2020. Disbursement of Scholarship for 2018-19 and 2019-20 continues in 2019-20.

Annexure-II
State -wise minority students benefitted under Free Coaching and Allied Scheme during the last three years and current year i.e. 2016-17 to 2019-20 (as on 05.03.2020) 
Sl. No. States/UTs 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
No. of students No .of students No. of students No. of students
Andhra Pradesh 2160 260 400 350
Assam 0 0 50 50
Bihar 0 0 100 0
Chandigarh 260 250 50 84
Chhattisgarh 0 0 100 0
Delhi 265 645 328 50
Gujarat 0 618 550 50
Haryana 60 210 50 250
Jammu and Kashmir 90 490 50 0
Jharkhand 0 0 360 0
Karnataka 400 2219 1049 0
Kerala 220 700 590 50
Madhya Pradesh 55 435 680 148
Maharashtra 640 1550 1390 150
Manipur 60 100 60 150
Meghalaya 0 110 100 0
Punjab 0 600 300 0
Rajasthan 0 330 350 100
Tamil Nadu 0 450 200 0
Telangana 1540 1750 0 0
Uttar Pradesh 1550 945 2600 250
Uttarakhand 50 0 0 0
West Bengal 760 200 740 50

Scholarship sCHEMES

A table, giving State/UT-wise, number of students who have availed
scholarships under Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Schemes for minorities since their inception, is annexed.

The total budget of Rs.18065 crore was allocated and Rs.15858 crore
(provisional figures) was spent with respect to these three Scholarship Schemes since their inception.

Ministry of Minority Affairs, under the Central Sector Scheme of “Research/ Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Schemes including Publicity”, carries out awareness and publicity campaigns for all the Schemes  implemented by this Ministry for the benefit of minority communities. The awareness and publicity of these schemes is taken up through multimedia campaigns i.e. through print and electronic media as well as radio Channels. In addition booklets and pamphlets, giving an overview of these schemes are distributed and advertisement published throughout the country in leading newspapers in Hindi, English, Urdu as well as regional languages.

The funds spent on the advertisement of all the Schemes of this Ministry under Research/Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development head including Publicity
of the Schemes/ Programme since 2014-15 is Rs.250.96 crore (provisional figures).

 

Annexure regarding “Scholarship Schemes”.

State-wise details of scholarships awarded/sanctioned under Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Schemes since inception of schemes.
Sl. No. States/UTs Scholarships awarded/Sanctioned
1 Andhra Pradesh 22,15,731
2 Telangana 11,44,120
3 Arunachal Pradesh 1
4 Assam 17,86,773
5 Bihar 20,49,135
6 Chhattisgarh 1,50,574
7 Goa 20,093
8 Gujarat 16,89,950
9 Haryana 1,72,628
10 Himachal Pradesh 33,617
11 Jammu & Kashmir 21,60,146
12 Jharkhand 5,78,505
13 Karnataka 48,81,771
14 Kerala 77,57,440
15 Madhya Pradesh 12,22,852
16 Maharashtra 73,13,452
17 Manipur 2,00,616
18 Meghalaya 1,82,294
19 Mizoram 5,65,681
20 Nagaland 2,84,620
21 Odisha 2,60,448
22 Punjab 45,23,757
23 Rajasthan 20,68,938
24 Sikkim 28,056
25 Tamil Nadu 41,79,195
26 Tripura 52,656
27 Uttar Pradesh 92,50,813
28 Uttarakhand 1,86,993
29 West Bengal 1,23,59,555
30 Andaman & Nicobar 2,297
31 Chandigarh 27,497
32 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1,661
33 Daman & Diu 2,515
34 Delhi 1,81,508
35 Lakshadweep 31
36 Puducherry 20,832
Total 6,75,56,751
* Provisional Data as on 06.03.2020. Disbursement of Scholarship for 2018-19 & 2019-20 continues in 2019-20.

MONITORING OF WELFARE SCHEMES FOR MINORITIES

The monitoring of the implementation of various welfare schemes is being done through different mechanism and also by outside agencies from time to time to ensure their effectiveness and efficiency. Some of these measures are as under:-

  •  UCs / Physical Report
  •  Third Party Study/Monitoring
  •  District / State Level Committee
  •  Empowered Committee
  • Field Visit by Inspecting Officers of the Ministry and State Governments
  • Regional Coordination Meetings

As and when such instances are reported or come to the notice of the Government, necessary action is taken as per extant guidelines and rules.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in written replies to the Lok Sabha today.

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