Achievements and Initiatives of the Ministry of Minority Affairs

Achievements and Initiatives of the Ministry of Minority Affairs 
Year end review-2015
Ministry of Minority Affairs

Educational Empowerment:

All over India, about 86 lakh Scholarships were awarded for Pre-matric, Post-matric and Merit-cum-means scholarship during 2014-15. 30% of the scholarships are earmarked for girls, but, the number of girls benefited was more than 46%.

Rs. 2009 Crore were released under Scholarships schemes.
All the three Scholarship schemes of the Ministry are online and operationalized on National Scholarship Portal (NSP) from July, 2015.
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for transfer of scholarships in students’ bank accounts has been operationalized. Wherever available, bank accounts are being linked with Aadhaar.
Bank accounts opened under “Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojana” are also being used from 2015-16, particularly for transfer of Pre-matric scholarship.

Economic Empowerment:
Ministry has taken it as a mission to orient and involve minority youths in nation building process by equipping them with education and skills. Under Skill India Mission, Ministry has strengthened the scheme “Seekho aur Kamao” by allocating more resources and targets for placement linked training of minority youths. Moreover, Ministry on one hand striving to bring school dropouts back in education and on the other hand making efforts to provide formal education to students from community institutions like Madarsas etc. Ministry is also trying to integrate skills and has taken up initiatives through various schemes/programmes namely, ‘Nai Manzil, USTTAD and Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS).
Seekho aur Kamao (Learn and Earn)   a placement linked skill development scheme for minorities aims to upgrade various  modern/traditional skills of minority youth enabling  self-employment.
--It ensures placements of minimum 75% trainees(at least 50% in organized sector)  and  post placement tracking of trainees for one year is mandatory for PIAs (Project Implementing Agencies).
--For 2015-16, the target is to train 1,13,000 beneficieries (revised targets) with budgetary allocation of Rs. 192.45 crore (revised allocation). Rs. 34.34 crore has been sanctioned for training of 20,980 trainees in 2015-16 so far.  
--During 2014-15, an amount of Rs. 46.23 crore was released for training of 20,720 trainees. So far, placements reports for 11919 trainees have been received from PIAs.

USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development) is a new scheme formally launched on 14th May, 2015 at Varanasi (U.P.)to preserve rich heritage of traditional arts/crafts of the minorities. It aims at capacity building and updating the traditional skills of master craftsmen/artisans; documentation of identified traditional arts/crafts of minorities; set standards for traditional skills; training minority youths in identified traditional arts/crafts through master craftsmen; and develop national and international market linkages.
---It targets  minority youths of 14-35 years of age and minimum Class-V qualified.  The scheme will be implemented through selected Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) and Knowledge Partners.
---Another exhibition involving 14 States was held on 05th and 06th October, 2015 and a book documenting 18 identified crafts was  released on the occasion.
---Ministry signed a MoU with an E-commerce portal for facilitating the market linkages of crafts.
Nai Manzil  An integrated education and livelihood initiative launched  on 8th August, 2015,  for school dropouts and Madarsa students.
 --Will enable minority youths in the age group of 17 to 35 years not having formal school leaving certificate, i.e., those in the category of school-dropouts or educated in the community education institutions like the Madarsas, to seek better employment in organized sector.
--A Non-residential programme, to take prospective participants through a Basic Bridge Programme (For Class VIII or Class X), along with training in trade based skills for sustained livelihood/gainful employment.
--Scheme has been approved with the cost of Rs. 650 Crore for five years. 50% funding has to come from the World Bank. An agreement already signed with the World Bank in this regard.
MANAS – Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills
--A special purpose vehicle established on 11.11.2014 addresses all skill development needs of minority communities. It provides an all India Training framework with leading training partners in PPP Mode. Operates on Architecture of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and covers all skill sectors as per the local demand.
--MANAS establish linkages with concessional credit to Skill Development to provide sustainable livelihood to Minority Communities with primary focus on self-employment and entrepreneurship. MANAS has signed MoUs with NSDC and sector skill councils of Health, Security, Leather, Logistics, and Media & Entertainment and the lending bodies of trade and industry.
--In 2014-15, 6500 youths have been trained by MANAS. During 2015-16, target is to train 30,000 youths. On 31.08.2015, MANAS also launched a skill development training programme for Madarsa students at Edara-e Sharia, Patna (Bihar).
Concessional Loans for Self-Employment from NMDFC:
--For the first time in the history of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC0, Central Government on 10.02.2015 has approved a quantum jump in the Authorized Share Capital from Rs.1500 Crore to 3000 Crore enabling the Ministry to contribute regular equity to the NMDFC. It will ensure more funds for concessional credit for self-employment.
--Moreover, the Share holding pattern of NMDFC has been modified from 65:26:09 to 73:26:01 for the Central Government, State Government and Private Institutions respectively and thus increasing the Central equity component by 9%.
--The eligibility criteria of annual family income has been raised up to Rs.6.00 lakh per annum to enhance outreach.
--The quantum of loan amount has been increased under the schemes of Term loan, Micro-finance and Educational Loans.
--Restructuring of NMDFC has been initiated to enhance outreach.

Infrastructure Development:
Under “Swachch Bharat” Mission, the Ministry has taken initiatives in its Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) by including mandatory construction of toilets in schools, hostels and toilets in public areas. During 2014-15, 80 schools and 86 hostels with proper toilet facilities and 39 toilets in other schools were sanctioned under MsDP. Ministry promotes the Swachch Bharat campaign in its publications. During 2015-16, 73 hostels with proper toilet facilities and 52 toilets and drinking water projects in other schools were sanctioned under MsDP.
“Digital Literacy Mission” has also been integrated into Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) with a new programme called ‘Cyber Gram’.  This programme aims to impart digital literacy to students of Madarsas and government Schools in identified Minority Concentration Areas. The programme  is implemented through M/s CSC e-Governance Services Ltd., a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) created by the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Govt. of India for implementation of their Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme. As on 31.10.2015, projects for imparting digital literacy to 3,71,657 students have been approved in the States of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Rajasthan.

Focus on Special Needs of Minorities:
Women Empowerment:
--In all scholarship, Fellowship, Coaching and Skill Development programmes, minimum 30% seats have been earmarked for minority girls/ women. This 30% is the floor, not the ceiling. The Ministry is giving preference to the minority girls/ women.
Nai Roshni:  Ministry implements an exclusive scheme “Nai Roshni” for Leadership Development of Minority Women with an aim to empower and instill confidence in women by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and intermediaries at all levels.
--The scheme is implemented through Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Societies, Trust etc. The scheme provides one week training programmes followed by Handholding for one year. The training is provided on various Training modules covering issues relating to women viz. Leadership of Women through participation in decision making, Educational Programmes for women, Health and Hygiene, Legal rights of women, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Swachch Bharat, Life Skills and Advocacy for Social and Behavioural change.
--During 2014-15, Ministry trained more than 71,000 minority women in 24 States. During 2015-16, Ministry already sanctioned training of about 22,750 women so far.
--In 2015-16, Ministry has launched an Online Application Management System (OAMS) to bring in transparency, simplified online application procedure, curtail delays and online issue of sanctions.
Preservation of Rich Heritage:  --Ministry launched a new scheme “Hamari Dharohar in 2014-15 to preserve the rich heritage of minority communities of India. The scheme aims at curating iconic exhibitions, supporting calligraphy, preservation of old documents, research and development, etc.
--To begin with, the Government has decided to provide support to iconic exhibition of Parsis i.e. “The Everlasting Flame” to showcase the civilization and culture of the Parsis (Zoroastrians) under “Hamari Dharohar” during 2015-16. Finance Minister has announced the support to this exhibition in his Budget speech for 2015-16.
--This will involve curating 3 travelling exhibitions on Parsi Culture namely, ‘The Everlasting Flame’, ‘Threads of Continuity’ and ‘Across Ocean and Flowing Silk’, during March-May, 2016 at the National Museum (NM), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). The articles for Exhibitions are to be brought from British Museum, London; Hermitage, Russia; Iran, Uzbekistan, Tazikistan, Japan etc.
--Ministry has also sanctioned a project to Dairatul Maarifil Osmania , Osmania University, Telangana for translation from Arabic language into English, digitization and re-printing of 240 invaluable documents belonging to Moghul period on the subjects of Medicines, Mathematics, Literature, etc. 

Waqf Management:
Initiatives of National Waqf Development Corporation (NAWADCO):
During 2014-15, extensive efforts were made to create awareness about the objectives of NAWADCO and to identify the potential Waqf properties in urban areas. The respective State Waqf Boards, and Mutawallis (Managers) have been persuaded to convey their Expression of Interest (EOI) for commercial development and these properties.
                  More than 80 Waqf properties have been identified for development in the States namely, Rajasthan; Bihar; Karnataka; Tamil Nadu; Gujarat; Madhya Pradesh; Uttar Pradesh; Uttarakhand; Maharashtra; Telangana and Delhi. Expression of Interest to develop Waqf properties from 22 Waqf Institutions/ State Waqf Boards have been received.
                  NAWADCO had  signed MoU with National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) on 8-9-2014 for developing properties.
                  The income generated from  developed Waqf properties in coming years, will not only contribute to socio – economic and educational empowerment of Muslim community but will also help in overall development of the Nation.
                  Initial concept building plans have been prepared for three Waqf properties of Bengaluru and agreement for developing one property in Jodhpur (Rajasthan) is at an advanced stage of signing with the concerned Waqf Institution.
Digitization of Waqf Properties: Digitization of Waqf Properties is under way to safeguard them by linking Muttawalli or Trustees of Waqfs with Aadhaar.

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