New Delhi: The government has
increased the budgetary allocation to the minority affairs ministry
by Rs.740 crore (Rs.7.4 billion) for the year 2009-10 to address the
educational and economic backwardness of the Muslim community,
Minister Salman Khurshid said Monday.
provisions for the ministry has been enhanced from Rs.130.89 crore
(Rs.1.3 billion) in 2006-07 to Rs.500 crore (Rs.5 billion) in
2007-08, Rs.1,000 crore (Rs.10 billion) in 2008-09 and Rs.1,740
crore (Rs.17.40 billion) for the year 2009-10," Khurshid told the
Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
While replying to
a question related to the implementation of the recommendations of
the Sachar Committee, the minority affairs minister said that a
"multi-prolonged strategy to address the educational backwardness of
the Muslim community, as brought out by the Sachar Committee has
gave details of the scholarships that are being provided to the
students of the minority community.
For the economic
welfare of the minority community, Khurshid said that multi-sectoral
development programmes have been launched in identified minority
concentration districts in 2008-09 and "all public sector banks have
been directed to open branches in districts having a substantial
communal issues, Khurshid said guidelines on maintaining communal
harmony have been issued by the home ministry.