responded to a question in Rajya Sabha that the
status of implementation of some of the important
decisions taken by the Government on the
recommendations of the Sachar Committee is as under:
(a) All public sector banks have been directed to
open more branches in districts having a substantial
minority population. In 2007-08, 523 branches were
opened in such districts. In 2008-09, 524 new
branches were opened .
(b) RBI revised its Master Circular on 5th July,
2007 on priority sector lending for improving credit
facilities to minority communities. An amount of Rs
82864 crore was provided to minorities under
priority sector lending during 2008-09.
(c) District Consultative Committees (DCCs) of lead
banks have been directed to regularly monitor
disposal of loan applications from minorities and
also rejection of loan applications.
(d) A multi-pronged strategy to address the
educational backwardness of the Muslim community, as
brought out by the Sachar Committee has been
adopted. The madarsa modernization programme has
been revised to make it more attractive by providing
better salary to teachers, increased assistance for
books, teaching aids and computers, and introduction
of vocational subjects, etc. This scheme, now known
as Quality Improvement in Madrasa Education, has
been launched by the Ministry of Human Resource
Development. A new centrally sponsored scheme of
financial assistance for Infrastructure Development
of Privately Managed Elementary/Secondary/Senior
Secondary schools set up for minorities has been
launched .National Council of Educational Research
and Training (NCERT) has prepared text books for all
classes in the light of the National Curriculum
Framework-2005.Thirteen universities have been
provided Rs.40 lakh each for starting centres for
studying social exclusion and inclusive policy for
minorities and scheduled castes and scheduled
tribes. Under the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya
scheme (KGBV), criteria of educational backward
blocks has been revised with effect from 1st April
2008 to cover blocks with less than 30% rural female
literacy and in urban areas with less than national
average of female literacy (53.67%: Census 2001).
Universalization of access to quality education at
secondary stage (SUCCESS), has been approved.
Setting up of new Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSSs) are
being incorporated in the revised schemes by the
Ministry of Human Resource Development. Provision of
more girls hostels in colleges and universities in
minority concentration districts/blocks is proposed
under the existing UGC scheme of Ministry of HRD.
(e) Three Scholarship Schemes viz., Pre-Matric,
Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means were launched and
6.89 lakh scholarships were awarded to students
belonging to minority communities in 2008-09.
(f) The corpus of Maulana Azad Education Foundation,
which stood at Rs. 100 crores, was doubled to Rs.
200 crores in December, 2006. The corpus was
increased by Rs. 50 crores in 2007-08 and Rs. 60
crore in 2008-09. A budget provision of Rs115 crore
has been made in 2009-10.
(g) A revised Coaching and Allied scheme was
launched and 5522 candidates belonging to minority
communities were provided assistance in 2008-09.
(h) The multi-sectoral development programme was
launched in identified minority concentration
districts in 2008-09. Plans of 47 minority
concentration districts in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh,
West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Bihar, Meghalaya,
Jharkhand, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Orissa were
approved and Rs.270.85 crores was released in
(i) An expert group constituted to study and
recommend the structure and functions of an Equal
Opportunity Commission submitted its report on 13th
March, 2008. This has been examined along with the
report of the expert group on diversity index.
(j) A National Data Bank, to compile data on the
various socio-economic and basic amenities
parameters for socio-religious communities, has been
set up in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme
(k) An autonomous Assessment & Monitoring Authority
(AMA), to analyse data collected for taking
appropriate and corrective policy decisions, has
been set up in the Planning Commission.
(l) A training module has been developed by the
Indian Institute of Public Administration, for
sensitization of government officials. The module
has been sent to the Central/State Training
Institutes for implementation. Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) has
prepared a module for sensitization of organised
civil services and it has been incorporated in their
(m) Under Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme
for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), additional
central assistance of Rs 1602.20 crore has been
sanctioned for 69 towns having substantial minority
population, out of which Rs.659.37 crore was
released in 2008-09.
(n) Plan provision for the Ministry of Minority
Affairs has been enhanced from Rs130.89 crore in
2006-07 to Rs.500 crore in 2007-08 , Rs 1000 crore
in 2008-09 and Rs 1740 crore for the year 2009-10.
(o) An Unorganised Sector Workers Social Security
Bill has been passed by the Parliament for providing
social security to workers in the un-organised
sector, which, inter-alia, includes home based
(p) A High Level Committee, set up to review the
Delimitation Act, has considered the concerns
expressed in the Sachar Committee report and
submitted its report.
(q) Guidelines on Communal Harmony have been issued
by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
(r) Dissemination of information regarding health
and family welfare schemes is being undertaken in
regional languages in minority concentration areas.
(s) State Governments and UTs have been advised by
Department of Personnel & Training for posting of
Muslim police personnel in thanas and Muslim health
personnel and teachers in Muslim concentration
(t) State governments have been advised by Ministry
of Panchayati Raj and Ministry of Urban Development,
to improve representation of minorities in local
(u) The recommendations of the Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) on Wakfs have been received.
(v) The Government has accorded ‘in principle’
approval for restructuring of National Minorities
Development and Finance Corporation.
(w) An inter-ministerial Task Force constituted to
devise an appropriate strategy and action plan, for
developing 338 identified towns, having substantial
minority population, rapidly in a holistic manner
submitted its report on 8th November, 2007. The
concerned Ministries/Departments have been advised
to give priority in the implementation of their
schemes in 338 towns.
This information was given by Shri Salman Khurshid,
Minister for Minority Affairs, in the Rajya Sabha
today in a written reply.