Schemes for minorities need fair implementation: Khurshid:
The government is committed to the welfare of minorities but
“fairness” in implementing schemes is needed to avoid questions....
In an effort to help women from minority communities make better use
of government programmes, the Leadership Development of Minority
Women scheme was launched in the capital Wednesday.
The ministry of minority affairs'
scheme, which will target 32,000 women in the first year, aims to
empower women by providing them knowledge, tools and techniques for
interacting with government, banks and government functionaries at
"The aim of this scheme is to make
minority women more aware on all aspects. Like, how can you avail of
a below poverty line (BPL) card, what is the price of commodities
that you will have to pay if you are a BPL card holder, how can the
Right to Information (RTI) Act help you and how can you file one are
some of the questions whose answers will be given to them," Salman
Khurshid, minister for minority affairs, said at a press meet here.
Besides awareness programmes on
schemes and issues like education, employment, health, hygiene,
immunisation and family planning, emphasis will also be paid on
micro-credit to self-help groups.
According to Khurshid, the Sachar
committee report on the social, economic and educational status of
the Muslim community in India highlighted the fact that India's
largest minority group, the Muslims, have been left out of the
development trajectory and the women are doubly disadvantaged.
With this is mind, the women and child
development ministry formulated a scheme for the empowerment of
minority women in 2007-08. The scheme was transferred to the
minority affairs ministry in 2009-10.
"Although the scheme is primarily for
the women of the minority groups - Muslims, Sikhs, Christians,
Buddhists and Zoroastrians - 25 percent of women who stand to
benefit from it will be from non-minority groups," Khurshid said.
"Thus, the scheme will bring together
communities and work for the overall development of women," he
The scheme will be implemented through
NGOs and in association with state governments. It will basically
target women in the age group of 18-65.
"The scheme will take off in another
two-three months. NGOs will be selected and the scheme will be
implemented in totality by the year end. In the first year, 32,000
women are targeted, in the second year, 56,590 women will be
targeted and then in the third year, it will be 93,000 women,"
An amount of Rs.480 million has been
sanctioned for implementation of the scheme.