Minority doesn't mean only Muslims: Naqvi


New Delhi, Jul 18 (IANS): Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the term minority doesn't denote only Muslims and that there are five other notified minorities: Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Sikhs.

Replying to a supplementary question in the Lok Sabha, the Minister said the government in last five year had connected 308 minority districts under the 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram' (PMJVK) scheme which were limited to 90 districts in the UPA government.

"Over 870 blocks, 321 towns and 109 district headquarters have been connected with PMJVK scheme. There is not a single district where this scheme is not benefiting minorities," Naqvi said.

The Minister said over three crore notified minorities had got scholarships under the scheme.

"Our commitment is empowerment without appeasement and development with dignity," he said.

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    Exactly, and no one bother about other minorities while elections or any other major scheme floating. We can hear only plights of muslims during election campaigns and other minorities completely ignored .
    Some states hindus are in minority and Govt should take a note of that too

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    Treat all equal..

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  • krishna, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    ONE NATION ONE LAW

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    However its only in Congress dictionary. Why are the other minorities not been allotted similar benefits and schemes ? Pilgrimage expenses to a foreign country is the best example. It is limited only to a specific minority community. The rest are just vote banks.

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