Minorities in Government Service



Minorities in Government Service 
            Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the welfare of minorities (PM’s New 15-PP), is an overarching programme, covering various schemes implemented by different Ministries/Departments, including the scheme/initiative of “Recruitment of Minorities in Government Departments/Organizations”, with an aim to increase the representation of minorities in Government/PSU jobs by facilitating recruitment of minorities through affirmative actions. In this regard, D/o Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued guidelines to all Ministries/Departments of Central Government, Public Sector Enterprises, Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions, quasi-Government organizations, autonomous bodies, etc. and all appointing authorities to give special consideration to minorities in recruitment of Government/PSU jobs.


The details of recruitment of minorities, made in the Central Government Departments, Autonomous bodies, PSUs, etc. in the country during the last three years are -

2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
Number of minorities recruited and percentage of total recruitment
22,839
(6.91%)
1,28,964
(7.89%)
11,218
(8.79%)
(Data received from 65 Ministries / Departments)
DoPT does not collate such information in respect of States and UTs.
            This Information was given by the Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
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Schemes of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation 
            National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) provides concessional loans to minorities for self-employment and income generating activities through the State channelizing Agencies (SCAs) nominated by the respective State governments/ Union Territory (UT) Administration.

            For availing assistance under NMDFC schemes, the annual family income eligibility criterion is Rs. 81,000 for rural areas and Rs. 1.03 lakh for urban areas (Credit Line-1). Higher annual household income eligibility criterion of upto Rs.6.00 lakh has also been introduced (Credit Line-2) for increasing coverage of beneficiaries under NMDFC schemes.

The schemes implemented by NMDFC are as follows:

A.      Concessional Credit Schemes

1.   Term Loan:-Maximum Loan of up to Rs.20.00 Lakh per beneficiary is available under Credit Line-1 at an interest rate of 6% per annum. Higher loan of maximum up to Rs.30.00 Lakh per beneficiary is available under Credit Line-2 at an interest rate of 8% per annum for male beneficiaries and 6% per annum for female beneficiaries.

2.   Micro Finance:-Maximum loan upto Rs.1.00 Lakh per Self Help Group (SHG) member is available under Credit Line-1 at an interest rate of 7% per annum.Higher loan of maximum upto Rs.1.50 Lakh per SHG member is available under Credit Line-2 at an interest rate of 10% per annum for male beneficiaries and 8% per annum for female beneficiaries. The micro-finance scheme is primarily aimed at extending concessional credit to women beneficiaries.

3.   Education Loan:- Under Credit line-1, the Educational Loan of upto Rs.15.00 Lakh for courses within India and Rs.20 Lakh for courses abroad, is available at an interest rate of 3% per annum for pursuing technical and professional courses with maximum course duration of 5 years. Under Credit line-2, higher Educational Loan of upto Rs.20.00 Lakh for courses within India and Rs.30 Lakh for courses abroad, is available at an interest rate of 8% per annum for male candidates and at 5% per annum for female beneficiaries.

4. Mahila Samridhi Yojana:- Skill development training is imparted to group of women in women friendly trades. Training period is of maximum 6 months with training and raw material cost of upto Rs.1,500 per women and stipend @ Rs.1,000 per women. During the period of training, the women are formed into Self Help Group, followed by infusion of micro-credit maximum upto Rs.1.00 Lakh per member for the purpose of using the skill developed during the training, for income generation activities.

B.            Development Schemes:-

      As part of its developmental mandate, NMDFC also implements promotional schemes like Skill Development and Marketing support for the benefit of its target groups thereby, strengthening its economic mandate, as well. Women beneficiaries are given preference. Detailsare as follows:-

1.   Vocational Training Scheme:- The Vocational Training Scheme of NMDFC aims at imparting skills to the targeted individual beneficiaries leading to wage/self-employment. The scheme is implemented through the SCAs which organize need based skill development training with the help of local Government owned/recognized training institutes in trades having potential wage/self-employment. The cost of the training program is up to Rs.2000 per candidate per month for courses up to 6 months duration. Stipend @ Rs.1000 per month per trainees is also offered during the training. Under the scheme, the training institutes/implementing agencies are required to ensure employment of at least 80% trainees with at least 50% in the organized sector.

2.   Marketing Assistance Scheme:- The Marketing Assistance Scheme is meant for individual crafts persons, beneficiaries of NMDFC as well as SHGs  and is implemented through the SCAs. The scheme envisages to promote sale and marketing of their products at remunerative prices through participation/organizing exhibitions at State/District level.

            As regards procedure to avail concessional loans under NMDFC schemes, SCAs have been delegated authority for sanction and disbursement of loan. SCAs adopt procedure as per guidelines issued by respective State Governments/ UT Administration. NMDFC has given broad guidelines to the SCAs for selection of beneficiaries and release of funds. Further, Guarantee norms for beneficiary have been simplified. No guarantee is required from beneficiaries for loans upto Rs.1.00 lakh. Now even Income Tax payee, employee from PSU/bank, prominent person from the community, any public representative etc. can stand as guarantor.
            This Information was given by the Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
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Low Utilisation of Funds 
In 2014-15, 97.7% of budget earmarked at Revised Estimate (RE) stage was utilized by the Ministry and remaining was unused. In 2015-16 i.e. the current financial year, 70.16% of the Budget Estimates (BE) is unutilized as on date.

Ministry of Minority Affairs has earmarked budget of Rs. 3712.78 Crore at BE stage under Plan for the year 2015-16. Out of this, Rs. 1955.20 Crore (52.66% of the BE) are earmarked for Scholarship Schemes and Rs. 1757.58 Crore (47.34% of the BE)are for other welfare and development schemes for minorities. The expenditure under the scholarship budget is low i.e. Rs. 37.08 Crore only as on date because National Scholarship Portal (NSP) was launched during this year in July, 2015 and the last date for submission of application by the minority students was 31.10.2015.As per work flow on NSP, the applications are thereafter scrutinized online by the respective institutions followed by the State Governments/UT Administrations and submitted to the Ministry. The duly scrutinized applications for scholarships have not been received. Ministry of Finance has exempted Scholarship Schemes of the Ministry from expenditure limit in the last quarter of the financial year.

This Information was given by the Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 
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Nai Manzil Scheme for Minorities 
The scheme aims to benefit the minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years who are school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like Madarsas, by providing them an integrated input of formal education (up till Class VIII orX) and skill training along with certification, with a view of enabling them to seek better employment in the organized sector and equipping them with better lives. Minimum 30% seats are earmarked for minority girls. It includes a Non-residential programme of 9-12 months duration involving a Basic Bridge Programme (For Class VIII or Class X) for their education, along with training in trade based skills for sustained livelihood/gainful employment. The scheme covers the entire country.

This Information was given by the Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 


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