The government has
approved Maharastra's Hingoli district as a minority concentration
district bringing to 77 the number of such areas where special
attention is being paid to improve the socio-economic parameters and
quality of life of people.
ministry of minority affairs has approved Hingoli, which is one of
the four minority concentration districts (MCD) in the state, under
its special multi-sectoral development programme for the welfare of
minorities, an official statement said Friday.
MCD is the one where minority population is 20 percent or more and
the quality of life of the people there is below average.
the total number of MCDs whose district plans have been approved by
the ministry has gone up to 77," the statement said.
thrust of the minority development scheme is to address the
"development deficits" and bring people in such areas at par with
the national average.
Financial assistance is made available to these districts to address
backwardness in terms literacy, work participation, status of
houses, drinking water and electricity supply.
Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis have been notified
as minority communities in India. As per the 2001 census, the
minorities in the country constitute about 18.4 percent of the total
population of the country, of which Muslims are 13.4 percent,
Christians 2.3, Sikhs 1.9, Buddhists 0.8 and Parsis 0.007 percent.