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Record 131 candidates from minority communities cleared UPSC, says Naqvi

There are 51 Muslim candidates, including three women, among the 131 candidates from minority communities to clear the civil services examination this year.

education Updated: Apr 30, 2018 19:44 IST

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Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addresses the media in New Delhi.
Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addresses the media in New Delhi. (PTI File Photo)

A record 131 candidates from minority communities, including 51 Muslims, cleared the civil services examination 2017, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Monday, asserting that the government had created an environment for their talent to prosper.

The ‘Nai Udaan’ and ‘Naya Savera’ schemes of the Minority Affairs Ministry have been revised and the financial assistance for those qualifying the UPSC prelims has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the minority affairs minister told reporters in New Delhi.

Naqvi said the ministry has been running a large-scale free-coaching programme for meritorious youths belonging to notified minority communities preparing for UPSC examinations.

Through various institutions and organisations, the ministry has been running coaching programmes such as ‘Nai Udaan’, ‘Naya Savera’ for the minority youths preparing for civil services, other UPSC examinations, medical, engineering and administrative examinations, he said.

Naqvi said, “the Modi government’s policy of ‘development with dignity’, without any discrimination, has ensured that this year, for the first time since Independence, a record 131 minority communities’ youths including 51 Muslims have been selected in Civil Services.”

He said that last year, 126 youths belonging to minority communities, including 52 Muslims, were selected in the prestigious civil services.

This year, there are six Muslims, including three women, who have secured ranks in top 100, Naqvi said.

He asserted that there was immense talent among minority communities, especially Muslim youths, “but earlier governments did not put enough effort to create such an environment which would give them confidence”.

The government has given “an atmosphere to protect and promote talent of youths from minority communities” which has resulted in such a large number of youths of the minority community being selected in the top administrative services, he said.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 19:43 IST

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