Concerned over the growing number of complaints about the lack of effective implementation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 15-point programme for the welfare of minorities, the government has asked all central ministries and departments to provide details about the number of jobs provided to minorities last year.
The department for personnel and training (DoPT), in a letter to all ministries and departments, has asked for relevant details.
"I am writing in connection with the responsibility of all ministries/departments to furnish the data on recruitment of minorities for the period between April 2010 and March 2011," DoPT secretary PK Misra said in a letter on February 16.
"The guidelines for giving special consideration to minorities in recruitment in pursuance of Prime Minister's new 15-point programme for the welfare of minorities were issued in January 2007," the letter stated.
"You may be aware that the progress on the implementation of the PM's welfare programme is reviewed by the cabinet…It has been noted that some of the ministries are yet to furnish the requisite information. It was desired by the cabinet secretary last July that all details be provided within 15 days, but it has not happened," the DoPT noted.
The Prime Minister's 15 point-programme has identified four key objectives for minority welfare, which include enhancing opportunities for education, ensuring equitable share in economic activities and employment, improving conditions of living of minorities and prevention and control of communal disharmony and violence.
The government is trying to implement these objectives by integrating various existing central schemes.