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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Come Elections - Congress sings the minority tune

Here are some of the important achievements of Congress as mentioned in its manifesto:

For the first time, a separate Ministry of Minority Affairs was created in May 2004 and the Rajinder Sachar Committee was set up to look into the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community in the country.

The implementation of the recommendations of the Sachar Committee is already under way and an Equal Opportunity Commission will be established by law.

Nearly four lakh scholarships have been awarded over the past two years alone for pre-matric, post-matric and professional courses, with more than 50% of these being awarded to girl students.

The Prime Minister's 15-point programme was launched in June 2006 with physical and financial targets for minorities in all welfare programmes of the Central Government.

A special development package for the 90 minority-concentration districts in different states has been introduced.

The Indian National Congress is irrevocably committed to ensuring that the Constitutional rights of all minorities are protected fully, that the representation of minorities in public administration increases substantially, and that minorities recognize that the government is working for their welfare at all times.

The Indian National Congress has pioneered reservations for minorities in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in government employment and education on the basis of their social and economic backwardness. We are committed to adopt this policy at the national level.

A Wakf Development Corporation will be established to develop wakf properties. A National Unani University will be set up. The corpus of the Maulana Azad Educational Foundation will be doubled.

Enhancing hugely the scholarships for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, minorities and OBCs to pursue college and university education

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