Over 30 million minority students received government scholarships — and 60% of them were girls


  • Over 800,000 people from the minority sections were extended employment opportunities via Employment Oriented Skill Development Schemes in the last five years.
  • According to the Minority Affairs Ministry, the Indian government extended scholarships to over 30 million students from the minority groups — and three in five scholarships went to girls.
  • In June 2019, the government also announced a scholarship fund of ₹50 million for the education of minorities.
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Amid the citizenship act row and rising unemployment concerns in the country, the Indian government is stepping up efforts for the welfare and empowerment of minorities.

Over 800,000 people from the minority sections of the country were extended employment opportunities via Employment Oriented Skill Development Schemes over the last five years, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister for Minority Affairs said on the occasion of Minority Right Day 2019.

This includes government initiatives such as ‘Gharib Nawaz Employment Scheme’, ‘Seekho aur Kamao,’ ‘Nai Manzil’ and ‘Nai Raushni.’
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According to the Minority Affairs Ministry, the Indian government extended scholarships to over 30 million students from the minority groups — and three in five scholarships went to girls.

“Under the Pradhanmantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), the government has constructed schools, colleges, ITI, polytechnics, hostels, hospitals, common service centres, hunar hub and residential schools in minority concentrated areas across the country,” he said.

In June 2019, the government also announced a scholarship fund of ₹50 million for the education of minorities over the next five years, dedicating half of this amount for girls. The programme will cater to all students in the economically-weaker sections, regardless of caste.
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