New Delhi, 11th May, 2017: Salient points of press conference on the occasion of completion of 3 years of NDA Government:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that measures taken by the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for socio-economic-educational progress of Minorities during the last three years is a reflection of “empowerment without appeasement” policy.

Addressing a press conference here on the occasion of completion of three years of NDA Government, Shri Naqvi said that Ministry of Minority Affairs has been successful in enabling the poor, backward and weaker sections of the Minorities getting a share of mainstream development through “3E”- Education, Employment and Empowerment.

Shri Naqvi said that our “empowerment without appeasement” policy has created an “atmosphere of development and trust” among Minorities. The Ministry of Minority Affairs, during the last three years, has provided benefits of schemes/programmes related to better education, skill development and providing employment to every needy person.

Shri Naqvi said that schemes/programmes such as “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre”, “Usttad”, “Nai Manzil”, “Nai Roshni”, “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Padho Pardes”, “Progress Panchayat”, “Hunar Haat”, multi-purpose “Sadbhav Mandap”, “PM’s new 15 point programme”, “Multi-sectoral Development Programme”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship” for girls, etc have ensured “happiness in eyes and prosperity in life” of every needy person belonging to the Minority communities.

Shri Naqvi said that keeping in view the socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities, the Modi Government increased Budget of the Minority Affairs Ministry to Rs 4195 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. Budget of the Ministry was Rs 3135 crore in 2012-13; Rs 3511 crore in 2013-14; Rs 3711 crore in 2014-15 and Rs 3713 crore in 2015-16. Shri Naqvi said that about 70 per cent of the 2017-18 Budget, will be spent on programmes/schemes aimed at educational empowerment and skill development of Minorities.

Shri Naqvi said that the Modi Government is committed to provide quality education to students belonging to Minority communities and with this aim, the Ministry of Minority Affairs is establishing 5 world class educational institutions. The process to establish these world class institutions providing education in technical, medical, Ayurved, Unani etc fields across the country is going on with speed. About 100 Navoday Vidyalaya type schools will be opened in Minority concentrated areas in the coming months.

A high-level committee, constituted on 10th January, 2017 to frame roadmap including places where these institutes will be established, will soon submit its report. Our target is to start academic session in these institutes from 2018. We have proposed 40 per cent reservation for girls in these institutions. 
To ensure better education to every person belonging to poor sections, we are launching a campaign “Tehrike Taleem”. We will provide resources and facilities to every needy person.

During the last three years, the Ministry has created infrastructure development projects such as 33 Degree Colleges; 1102 school building; 15,869 additional class rooms; 676 hostels; 97 ITIs; 16 Polytechnics; 1952 drinking water facilities; 8532 Aanganwadi Centres; 2090 health centres; 223 Sadbhav Mandaps (during last 6 months); 18 Gurkul type residential schools. Besides, 47,986 pucca houses constructed under PM Awas Yojana and provisioning of 17,434 hand pumps/water tanks/ring well etc.

During the last three years, scholarships worth Rs 4740 crore were given to 1.82 crore students. Rs 116 crore given to 32,705 students under free coaching scheme for competitive exams; scholarships worth Rs 166 crore given to 1,38,426 girl students under “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship. All these scholarships have been given directly into bank accounts of the students through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode leaving no room for any leakage.

Shri Naqvi said that during the last three years, over 5.2 lakh youths including about 40 per cent women, have been covered under various job-oriented skill training schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs at an expenditure of Rs 578 crore. Under “Seekho aur Kamao”, over 2 lakh youths have been provided employment oriented skill training and employment with an expenditure of more than Rs 310 crore; 1.98 lakh women have been provided various leadership development training under “Nai Roshni” and 70,000 youths have been covered for training and employment opportunities under “Nai Manzil” scheme.

Thousands of Minority communities’ schools and Madrasas have been connected with “3T”- Teachers, Tiffin and Toilets during last three months. These educational institutions also include institutions run by Gurudwaras and those run by Jain, Buddhist and Parsi community.

Shri Naqvi said that infrastructure development has been done in Minorities concentrated areas under MsDP. While not a single degree college had been opened between 2007 and 2014, a total of 33 degree colleges have been opened after 2014 in Minority concentrated areas of the country. Between 2007 and 2014, 72 ITIs were established while 97 ITIs have been opened during the last three years. While not a single residential school was opened from 2007 to 2014, a total of 18 residential schools have been opened during the last three years. NMDFC distributed financial assistance to 1,08,588 beneficiaries in 2016-17 while 75,966 people were benefitted in 2013-14.

Shri Naqvi said that while on one hand “Progress Panchayat” have proved to be a strong mission to fulfil our commitment to “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas” and “Antyodaya”, on the other hand “Hunar Haat” is providing encouragement, market and opportunity to master artisans belonging to Minority communities. Two “Hunar Haat” have been organised by the Ministry so far. More than 35 lakh people (about 26 lakh visitors at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place, about 9 lakh visitors at Pragati Maidan) visited these two “Hunar Haat”.

Shri Naqvi said that With the theme “Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam”, the second “Hunar Haat” was unique in the sense that it showcased crafts and traditional cuisines brought from different parts of the country at “Bawarchikhana”. The first “Hunar Haat” had been organized from 14 to 27th November at India International Trade Fair in November 2016. After huge success of these two “Hunar Haat”, the Minority Affairs Ministry has decided to establish “Hunar Hub”, to organize such events, in every state. Several states have come forward to provide land for the project. Next “Hunar Haat” will be organized at Puducherry, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Gauhati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur.

Shri Naqvi said that joining “Digital India” campaign launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has made all its schemes and programmes digital/online. Even entire Haj process has been made digital this time and also a Haj mobile app has been launched. A total of 1,70,025 pilgrims will go to Haj from India this year. Saudi Arabia Government has increased India’s Haj quota by 34,005. It’s a significant increase in our country’s Haj quota after several years.