New Delhi, 13 Jan, 2017:Press release regarding meeting with representatives of Anglo-Indian community at New Delhi:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Indian Constitution is the only “holy book” of our Government and inclusive growth is our commitment. We are moving forward with this commitment to bring happiness in eyes and prosperity in life of the last person of the society.

Addressing a meeting of Anglo-Indian community at Scope Complex, New Delhi, Shri Naqvi said that the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working with an aim of socio-economic-educational empowerment of all sections. We will not allow any “destructive agenda to dominate our development agenda”.

Shri Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs has been effectively and successfully implementing various welfare schemes aimed at empowerment of all the Minorities. “Empowerment without appeasement” is our mantra. Shri Naqvi also said that there was no dearth of funds for welfare of the poor and weaker sections of the society.

Shri Naqvi said that despite of the fact that Anglo-Indian community has a small population, the community has played a vital role in nation building. Shri Naqvi said that Constitutional rights of every community are absolutely safe under the Modi Government. Shri Naqvi said that Anglo-Indian community should also participate to avail benefits of welfare schemes meant for Minorities. The community should take maximum benefits from the schemes related to scholarships and skill development.

Shri Naqvi said that all the benefits which are available to Christians are available to Anglo-Indian community also. Under various scholarship schemes, percentage of beneficiary from the Christian community is around 10 % in 2015-16. This has benefitted the Anglo-Indian community also. Under MsDP scheme, funds are being provided for creating infrastructure in the Minority Concentration Block, hence, assets created under MsDP can be utilized by all the sections of the society including the Anglo-Indian community.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has been establishing 5 world-class educational institutions and Anglo-Indian community will also be benefitted from this decision.

Nominated Anglo-Indian MPs Prof Richard Hay and George Baker were also present in the meeting, which was also attended by several Anglo-Indian nominated members of Assemblies in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh and other renowned members of the community.

Representatives of the Anglo-Indian community, in one voice, supported Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s commitment to “inclusive growth”. They said that there is “breathe of freshness” in India now and Anglo-Indian community members, those settled abroad, are also coming back to India.

The members of the community praised Shri Naqvi’s initiative to convene a meeting of Anglo-Indian community. They said it was a “historic” step as after several decades, it is for the first time that any government has invited community members to seek their suggestions concerned to welfare of their community.

While terming the suggestions made by Anglo-Indian community representatives for socio-economic-educational empowerment of the community as “positive, constructive and fruitful”, Shri Naqvi assured the members that the Ministry of Minority Affairs will discuss seriously their suggestions.

Shri Naqvi also assured that his Ministry will continue the communication with the Anglo-Indian community members regularly. The meeting was also attended by nominated MLA from Telangana Shri Elvis Stephenson; Ms Vinisha Nero (Karnataka); Shri Philip Tocher (Andhra Pradesh); Shri Glen Joseph (Jharkhand), president of All India Anglo-Indian Association Barry O’ Brien and other renowned people from the community.