A new Ministry of Minority Affairs has been set up and a 15-point programme has been announced for the welfare of the minorities.
- 8 lakh students belonging to minority communities would be provided scholarships this year itself. The coverage will go up to nearly 40 lakh students over the next four years.
- More than 10,000 new Primary Schools and Upper Primary schools have been constructed in areas that have substantial minority concentration.
- Entrepreneurs from minority communities have been provided assistance under the Swarna Jayanti Grameen Swarozgar Yojana. Under Indira Awas Yojana, 2.39 lakh houses have been allotted to minorities during 2008-09.
- The flow of credit to minorities has increased sharply and is expected to go up to 15 per cent. Public Sector Banks have opened more than 500 bank branches in minority concentration districts.
When will the Congress stop dividing the country on the basis of majority and minority and let all people be treated the same way irrespective of religion , caste , sex .
Are the problems of poor in minorities in the country different from the problems of poor in majority ? Should these benefits be denied to poor in Majority community just because they were born into a particular Religion!
And we were told that Indian constitution guarantee equal rights and opportunity to every citizen? I guess some in this country are more equal!