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Inclusive growth sans any appeasement, says Naqvi

Claiming credit for increased representation of minorities in civil services, Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the BJP government at the centre believed in ‘inclusive growth’ and development of minority communities.

lucknow Updated: Jan 19, 2018 13:31 IST
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Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.(HT Photo)

Claiming credit for increased representation of minorities in civil services, Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the BJP government at the centre believed in ‘inclusive growth’ and development of minority communities through ‘3Es - Education, Employment and Empowerment.’

“Participation of minorities in central government jobs, which was about 5 percent in 2014, has gone up to 10 percent in 2017. In this year’s civil services exam, about 125 minority youths have been selected, out of which 52 are from Muslim community,” he said.

He said on the education front Muslims had the highest dropout rate (80 to 90 percent) and that was why the government’s focus was on their education. Of the total scholarships to be given by the ministry, 50 per cent would be for Muslim girls, he said.

Rizvi evaded a question of the controversy surrounding the ‘role of ‘madarsas’ saying that chief minister Yogi Adityanath had already made the government’s stand clear on the issue.

Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s skill development programme, Naqvi said ‘Gharib Nawaz Skill Development Centres’ had been established in 100 districts across the country in which job-oriented training in various courses was being provided. “We have recently introduced two new courses - ‘GST Facilitator’ and ‘Sanitary Supervisor’- in our Centre at Hyderabad and I am happy to inform you that we have got 100 per cent placement,” he said.

The minister said more than two dozen such skill development centres would be set up in Uttar Pradesh also shortly. Naqvi was in the State capital to attend a conference organised to take stock of various educational, skill development, scholarships schemes meant for minorities and get the state governments’ suggestions on ways to ensure these welfare schemes were implemented more effectively at the ground level and the benefits reached all the needy people. The meeting was attended by minority welfare ministers of nine states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakahand, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and Delhi.

In the past three years, the minister said his ministry had set up 27 Gurukul-type residential schools all across the country under the Multi Sectoral Development Programme, in minority dominated areas. Likewise, scholarships were also given to about 2 crore 42 lakh minority students during the same period.