Ghaziabad, 25th April, 2017: Salient points of my address at “Taleem O Tarbiyat” programme, based on educational empowerment of Minorities, in Ghaziabad:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Centre’s Modi Government and Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Government will not allow “any conspiracy of anarchy” to dominate our commitment to “inclusive growth”.

Addressing “Taleem O Tarbiyat” programme at Lohia Nagar in Ghaziabad, Shri Naqvi said that during the last three years, we have worked with a complete honesty to provide light of development to the last needy person of the society under our commitment to “Antyodaya”. This has benefitted Minorities equally.

Shri Naqvi said that welfare schemes of the Modi Government have ensured educational and skill development of the Minorities. “T-3”- Teacher, Tiffin and Toilet, has been proved an effective mission to increase the literacy rate among the Minorities. We have provided assistance to thousands of Madrasas during last three months.

Shri Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing 5 world class educational institutions to provide better traditional as well as modern education to students belonging to Minority communities. These world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc fields are going to be established across the country.

A high-level committee has been working on fast track to chalk out a framework of these institutions and the committee will soon submit its report. We are working on a strategy so that these institutes can get started in 2018. We have proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls in these institutions.

Shri Naqvi said that in the Union Budget 2017-18, allocation for Minority Affairs Ministry has been increased to Rs 4195.48 crore for 2017-18. This is Rs 368.23 crore more than 2016-17 Budget of Rs 3827.25 crore with an increase of about 9.6 per cent. More than 70 per cent of this Budget would be utilised for educational empowerment of Minorities and job-oriented programmes for them.

Hundreds of crores of rupees has been provided for various scholarships and skill development schemes such as “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Roushni”, “Usttad”, “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre” and “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship for Girls”. Besides this, funds under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) will also be utilised for various educational development activities.

Shri Naqvi said that for 2017-18, we have set a target to provide scholarships to about 35 lakh students. Employment oriented training will be provided to more than 2 lakh youths belonging to Minority communities. We have also approved more than 20 “Gurukul” type residential schools across the country. We have also decided to help those Madrasas who are also providing mainstream education.

Shri Naqvi said that our efforts for educational empowerment of Minorities include establishing “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship” for girls, and establishing 500 quality residential schools and job-oriented skill development centres.

Shri Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs will launch various welfare schemes for Minorities in Uttar Pradesh. These include construction of multi-purpose community centres “Sadbhavna Mandap” in each district, toilets in 15,000 Madrasas, more than 20 job-oriented skill development centres and various basic infrastructure development under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) such as roads, drinking water facilities, hospitals, schools, hostels etc.