New Delhi: Twelve states, including four ruled by BJP and its allies, and six Union Territories (UTs) have not set up minorities commissions at their respective levels, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim and Tripura have not set up minorities commissions, Union MoS for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in reply to a question in this regard.
Referring to information available with National Commission for Minorities, he said Union Territories like Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands too have not set up the commission.
"Setting up of State Minorities Commissions comes under the purview of the respective state governments. However, National Commission for Minorities has, from time to time, taken up the matter with state governments for setting up of State Minorities Commissions," Naqvi said.