15 Point Programs for Minorities

Here is Prime Minister’s new 15 point program for the welfare of minorities in India.

It is said that on 18 December is the International Minority Day. Maharashtra Government issued a G.R that every district collector should inform the minorities about their rights and schemes in India and will try their level best to solve the problems of people’s of minorities as fast as possible.
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1. Enhancing Opportunities for Education
The Integrated Child Development Services
(ICDS) Scheme is aimed at holistic development
of children and pregnant/lactating mothers
from disadvantaged section, by providing
services through Anganwadi Centres such as
supplementary nutrition, immunization, health
check-up, referral services, pre-school and
non-formal education.

2. Improving access to School Education
Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the Kasturba
Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme, and other
similar Government schemes, it will be ensured
that a certain percentage of such school are
located in villages/localities having a
substantial population of minority

3. Greater resources for teaching Urdu
Central assistance will be provided for
recruitment and posting of Urdu language
teachers in primary Schools that serve a
population in which at least one-forth belong
to that language group.

4. Modernizing Madarsa Eductation
The Central Plan Scheme of Area Intensive and
Madarsa Modernization Programme provides
basic educational infrastructure in areas of
concentration of educationally backward
minorities and resources for the modernization
of Madarsa education.

5. Scholarships for meritorious students
from minority communities
Schemes for pre-matric and post-matric
scholarship for students from minority
communities will be formulated and

6. Improving educational Infrastructure
through the Maulana Azad Education
The Government shall provide all possible
assistance to Maulana Azad Education
Foundation (MAEF) to strengthen and enable it
to expand its activities more effectively.

7. Self-Employment and Wage-Employment
for the poor
The Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojna (SGSY),
the primary self-employment programme for
rural areas, has the objective of bringing
assisted poor rural families above the poverty
line by providing them income generating
assets through a mix of bank credit and
Governmental subsidy.

8. Upgradatlon of skill through technical
A very large proportion of the population of
minority communities is engaged in low-level
technical work or earns its living as
handicraftsman. Provision of technical training
to such people would upgrade their skills and
earning capability.

9. Enhanced credit support for economic
The National Minorities Development &
Finance Corporation (NMDFC) was set up in
1994 with the objective of promoting
economic development activities among the
minority communities. The Government is
committed to strengthen the NMDFC by
providing it greater equity support to enable it
to fully achieve its objectives.
Bank credit is essential for creation and
sustenance of self-employment initiatives.

10. Recruitment to State and Central
In the recruitment of police personnel, State
Governments will be advised to give special
consideration to minorities. For this purpose,
the composition of selection committees
should be representative

11. Equitable share in rural housing
The Indira Awaas Yojna (IAY) provides financial
assistance for shelter to the rural poor living
below the poverty line. A certain percentage of
the physical and financial targets under IAY
will be earmarked for poor beneficiaries from
minority communities living in rural areas.

12. Improvement In conditions of slums
Inhabited by minority communities.
Under the schemes of Integrated Housing &
Slum Development Programme (IHSDP) and
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal
Mission (JNNURM), the Central Government
provides assistance to States/UTs for
development of urban slums through provision
of physical amenities and basic services. It
would be ensured that the benefits of these
programmes flow equitable to members of the
minority communities and to cities/slums,
predominantly inhabited by minority

13. Prevention & Communal Incidents
In the areas, which have been identified as
communally sensitive and riot prone districts
and police officials of the highest known
efficiency, impartiality and secular record
must be posted. In such areas and even
elsewhere, the prevention of communal tension
should be one of the primary duties of the
district magistrate and superintendent of
police. Their performances in this regard
should be an important factor in determining
their promotion prospects.

14. Prosecution for communal offences
Severe action should be taken against all those
who incite communal tension or take part in
violence. Special court or courts specifically
earmarked to try communal offences should be
set up so that offenders are brought to book

15. Rehabilitation of victims of communal
Victims of communal riots should be given
immediate relief and provided prompt and
adequate financial assistance for their

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