New Delhi: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressed the Minorities Day programme organised by National Commission for Minorities in New Delhi yesterday, where he said the Government has taken various steps for welfare and empowerment of minorities.
During the last 5 years, more than 8 lakh people belonging to minority communities have been provided employment and employment opportunities through employment oriented skill development schemes such as the Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme, Seekho aur Kamao, Nai Manzil, Nai Raushni, and others, Naqvi said.
With the aim of educational empowerment of minorities, the Government has provided different scholarships to 3.20 crore students of whom about 60% are girls, the Minister revealed.
Naqvi said that under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), the Government has constructed schools, colleges, ITI, polytechnics, hostels, hospitals, Sadbhav Mandap, Common Service Centres, Hunar Hub, residential schools, market sheds and more in minority concentrated areas across the country.
During the programme, Naqvi also felicitated Irmim Shamim, who has become the first Gujjar woman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district to qualify for medical studies at AIIMS after she cleared the MBBS entrance exam this year.
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