The Government announced a 15 point program to focus action sharply on issues
intimately linked with the social, educational and economic enhancement of the
minorities including a quota of 15% of the budget for them in certain schemes.
The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that “The Cabinet decided that 15%
of the funds may be earmarked where ever possible in relevant schemes and
programs for the nationally declared minorities.” Government insiders say that
the purpose of this plan is an attempt to prevent communal incidents, ensure
prosecution of communal offences, rehabilitation of riot victims among
minorities, and boost welfare of minorities.
Specifically, the Government plans to enhance education opportunities, ensure
equitable availability of integrated child development scheme services, improve
access to school education, provide greater resources for teaching urdu,
modernize madrasa education, create scholarship for meritorious students from
minority communities, and improve educational infrastructure through the
Maulana Azad education foundation.
Furthermore, it also plans to boost self-employment schemes, create wage
employment for the poor, upgrade skills through technical training, provide
enhanced credit support for economic activities, and recruit to state and
To improve living conditions of minorities, the Government will directly
enforce equitable share in rural housing scheme and improvement in condition of
the slums inhabited by minority communities.