The Indian government Thursday approved three new schemes that would
provide drinking water and better urban infrastructure in the areas
that houses minority communities.
Information and Broadcasting Minister
Ambika Soni informed reporters that the schemes are included in the
Prime Minister's New 15 Point Programme. "These schemes will be
monitored carefully," she said.
The decision to include these schemes
in the Prime Minister's New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of
Minorities - that was launched in 2006 with the idea to provide
government schemes to the underprivileged section of the minority
communities - was taken at the cabinet meeting that was chaired by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
These three schemes are National Rural
Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) of the Department of Drinking Water
and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium
Towns (UIDSSMT) and Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) scheme
of the Ministry of Urban Development.
The union cabinet also approved
inclusion of Mewat district in Rajasthan in place of Gurgaon in
Haryana as one of the minority concentration districts.
A decision was also taken to include
legislators and district level committee members for monitoring the
implementation of the 15-point programme.
"There has been a steady improvement
in the recruitment of minorities in the central government and the
public sector undertakings (PSUs) since issuing of guidelines by the
Department of Personnel and Training Jan 8, 2007 for giving special
consideration to the recruitment of minorities," a statement issued
It said that the percentage of
recruitment of minorities which stood at 6.95 percent in 2006-07
went up to 8.22 percent in 2007-08 and was 9.18 percent in 2008-09.