15-point programme : No separate funds for PM's 15-point programme for minorities

Highlights:

  • The Centre has not earmarked separate funds for 'Prime Minister's New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities'.
  • There is no separate budget for 'Prime Minister's New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minorities and instead it is executed by specific monitoring of flow of funds to minorities or areas with a substantial minority population under different schemes.
  • According to the RTI, the ministry is taking forward the Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP).
  • It aims to improve the living standard of minorities by creating socio-economic infrastructure and providing basic amenities.
  • In 2014-15, the ministry issued a total of Rs 770 crore for different states under MSDP till March 2015.
  • According to the RTI, 24 schemes of 11 ministries are covered under the programme.
  • Seven schemes of the minority ministry were covered under the programme, including Post-Matric scholarship scheme, Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme, Merit-cum-Means Scholarship scheme, Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students.
  • This programme covers four schemes of the HRD Ministry, one scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development, two of Rural Development Ministry, three schemes of Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.