The Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, has announced to launch two schemes, “Usttad Samman Samaroh” and “Campaign for Education”, for socio-economic-educational empowerment of the Minorities.
The Ministry has also said that the Government has increased the budget to the Ministry from Rs 368.23 crore in the year 2016-17 to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18.
The launch will be made under “3Es” – Education, Employment and Empowerment –to bring the poor, backward and weaker sections of the Minorities into the mainstream of development, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Under this development plan, five world class educational institutions will be set up to provide education in technical, medical, Ayurved and Unani sectors. The academic session in these institutes will commence from 2018 having 40 per cent reservation to girls, the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, about 100 Navoday Vidyalaya type schools and a campaign “Tehrike Taleem” are also being launched to ensure better education to poor.
It has been learnt from the Ministry that in the last three years, scholarships worth Rs 4740 crore were given to 1.82 crore students out of which Rs 116 crore were given to 32,705 students, under free coaching scheme for competitive exams, while Rs 166 crore were distributed among 1,38,426 girl students, under “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship”.
Also, more than 2 lakh youths were provided skill training and employment with an expenditure of more than Rs 300 crore under “Seekho aur Kamao”. Under “Nai Roshni” 1.99 lakh women have been provided various leadership development training and under “Nai Manzil” scheme 70,000 youths have been covered for training and employment opportunities, the Ministry said.
During the last three months, thousands of Minority communities’ schools and Madrasas have been connected with “3T”- Teachers, Tiffin and Toilets. These educational institutions also include institutions run by Gurudwaras and those run by Jain, Buddhist and Parsi community.
The Mininster has highlighted that “Progress Panchayat” have proved to be a strong mission to fulfil “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas” and “Antyodaya” programmes.
After the success of “Bawarchikhana,” the Ministry has further decided to establish “Hunar Hub” to organize such events in every state.