New Delhi, 24 Feb, 2016:Press release of salient points of my concluding remarks at annual conference of State Minority Commissions at New Delhi:

 Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that “political competition” by some “so-called secular political parties” to weaken progress and trust of Minorities is an issue of concern.

Addressing annual conference of State Minority Commissions at New Delhi, Shri Naqvi said that some “Political Secular Champions” believe more in doing politics in the name of Minorities’ development for vote bank than strengthening their prosperity and security. We will have to save this atmosphere of prosperity and security from becoming a victim of “selfish politics”.

Shri Naqvi said that Minorities in India do not need certificate of patriotism and their contribution in nation building from anybody; their patriotism and contribution in nation building is “truth of history and reality of present”. The Minorities are equal contributor in country’s development. There is a need to strengthen this feeling and raising any question over it, is like hurting passion of their patriotism.

Shri Naqvi said that some unfortunate incidents took place at some places in the country during last few days which were a part of conspiracy to disturb atmosphere of peace and harmony and trust and development in the country. Strength of unity and harmony is necessary to defeat those people involved in this conspiracy. Division and collision always becomes a hurdle in the path of peace, harmony and progress.

Shri Naqvi said that development of every section of the society is “Rashtradharm” of our Government. “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas” is not a political slogan for us but it is a commitment to take light of development to all sections of the society. The steps taken with this commitment to socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities during the last about two years of the NDA Government, have started yielding results at grass root level.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government has taken various steps for empowerment of Minorities which include programmes like “Prime Minister’s new 15-Point Programme”, “Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP)”, “Mission Empowerment”, “Sikho Aur Kamao”, “Usttad”, “Hamari Dharohar”, “Manas”, “Nayi Manzil”, “Nayi Raushani”, scholarship for students, “Padho Pardes”, “Jiyo Parsi”. These schemes are a strong step to provide light of development to the last person of the society.

Shri Naqvi said that the “Mission Empowerment” is an important measure for socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities. Shri Naqvi said that he has visited 19 states so far under the mission which include-Kerala, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, J&K, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi and Rajasthan.

Shri Naqvi said that the Central Government has been providing sufficient money to the states for development works after taking note of requirements of Minority concentration areas under the “Mission Empowerment”. This mission has helped in getting grass root level information regarding requirements of Minorities.

Shri Naqvi said that the Minority Affairs Ministry has released hundreds of crores of rupees to different states to ensure socio-economic-educational empowerment of Minorities. This money has been released by the Modi Government under “Multi-Sectoral Development Programme” (MsDP) and other programmes. A campaign on war footing will be initiated in coordination with the states for welfare of Minorities.

Shri Naqvi said that Modi Government‘s step to kick out “power brokers” and “middlemen” from the “power corridors” has ensured that every single paisa of the money given by the Centre for welfare of all the needy sections including the Minorities is being reached to them. These efforts have resulted into creation of an atmosphere of trust among these sections.

Shri Naqvi said that our Government wants to assure that no ‘negative agenda” will be allowed to dominate our agenda of good-governance and development. We are moving forward with a strong commitment to security, prosperity and dignity of the Minorities. We also want to assure that political, social, religious and Constitutional rights of every section are absolutely safe.

Shri Naqvi said that this conference of State Commissions for Minorities is crucial as the State Commissions have a big responsibility to protect welfare of Minorities and their Constitutional rights.