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Ministry of Minority Affairs Assistance to Minority Communities Posted On: 22 JUL 2021 4:40PM by PIB Delhi As per Section 2 (c) of the Nationa

Ministry of Minority Affairs

Assistance to Minority Communities

Posted On: 22 JUL 2021 4:40PM by PIB Delhi

As per Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992, six communities namely Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis have been notified as minority communities. As per Census 2011, the population of the country includes 2,08,33,116 persons of Christian community, 2,78,19,588 persons of Sikh community, 17,22,45,158 persons of Muslim community, 84,42,972 person of Buddhist community and 44,51,753 persons of Jain community.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs also implements programmes/ schemes for socio-economic and educational empowerment of notified minority communities which includes (a). Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme, Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme, Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme, (b) Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme, (c) Naya Savera – Free Coaching and Allied Scheme, (d). Padho Pardesh – Scheme of interest subsidy to students of minority communities on educational loans for overseas higher studies, (e) Nai Udaan – Support for students clearing Prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), State Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff Selection Commission (SSC) etc. (f)  Jiyo Parsi – Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis in India, (g) USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development), (h) Hamari Dharohar- A scheme to preserve rich heritage of minority communities of India under the overall concept of Indian culture.  Besides that the Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF) also implements education and skill related schemes namely (a) Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for Meritorious Girls belonging to the economically weaker sections of Minorities (b) Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme started in 2017-18 for providing short term job oriented skill development training to youth (c) Bridge Course for madarsa students & school dropouts. The scheme in which community-wise beneficiary details are available i.e. scholarships, fellowships, interest subsidies financial assistance for clearing Preliminary Examinations(Nai Udaan) etc. released/sanctioned during the last three years i.e. 2018-19 to 2020-21 are enclosed at Annexure. The further details of schemes and other initiative of the Ministry is available at www.minorityaffairs.gov.in

 Annexure 

 (In Rs. Crore)

S.No.

Scheme

Funds Released

 
 

1

Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme

3826.57

 

2

Post Matric Scholarship Scheme

1296.47

 

3

Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme

943.14

 

4

Maulana Azad National   Fellowship Scheme

271.35

 

5

Padho Pardesh Scheme

79.63

 

6

Nai Udaan

18.9

 

Total Scholarships sanctioned

Buddhist

Christian

Jain

Muslim

Sikh

Parsi

Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme

16306171

510672

1948543

183391

12318535

1342754

2276

Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme

2075539

12896

262131

43419

1575034

181621

438

Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme

353744

1025

61245

9849

272085

9507

33

Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme

2251

112

285

74

1568

207

5

Padho Pardesh Scheme

10508

183

5904

1065

2612

725

19

Nai Udaan

3553

199

593

311

2402

48

                       

This information was given by Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the Lok Sabha on July 22, 2021.

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