The government is in the process of setting up an equal opportunities commission which will deal with discrimination faced by minorities in areas like employment, education and housing, Union Minister for Minorities Salman Khurshid said on Monday.
A draft bill to set up the commission to thwart discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, gender and
language will be brought up before the next session of the Parliament.
The commission will be headed by a retired judge of either the Supreme Court or a high court with four-five
members, Khurshid told reporters in Nagpur.
The government has decided to set up the commission on the recommendations of a committee headed by Mahdav Menon and it would function like any other existing 13 national level commissions, he said.
Meanwhile, talking about his ministry, Khurshid said the centre has identified 90 districts in the country where 25 per cent population was of a particular minority community and has earmarked Rs 2,500 crores for the development of these districts in the current five-year plan.