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Schemes for Welfare of Minorities
Introduction
The central government has notified five religious communities viz Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and   Zoroastrians (Parsis) as minorities. These five communities constitute about 17% of the country’s population. The educational and economic development of this section of the society and their mainstreaming is crucial for achieving the major national goals. It is deemed necessary to create conditions in which the minorities are assured that their constitutional and legal rights are safeguarded, and educationally and economically they are at par with the mainstream.
Following are the schemes/organizations related with welfare of minorities:

Shri G. Prasanna Kumar
Joint Secretary (M&BC)
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Room No.1, 9th Floor, 25,Jeevan Prakash Building,
Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110 001
Tele No. 91-11-23765004
Fax :     91-11-23765004

National Commission for Minorities Whom to contact for detailed information:

Shri R. N. Shastri
Managing Director
National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation
1, Taimoor Nagar, Opp D996, New Friends Colony
New Delhi – 110065.
Phone: 91-11-26326051/57/58/59.
Fax:     91-11-26325651
Website: www.nmdfc.org

15- POINT PROGRAMME FOR WELFARE OF MINORITIES For more information please contact

Smt. P. Narayanmurthy
Joint Secretary (SCD)
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
Room No.613-A, 6th floor, A-Wing
Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi 110 001
Tele No. 91-11- 23387924   

National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) Whom to contact for detailed information:

Shri B.A. Khan
Deputy Secretary
National Commission for Minorities
5th Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan,
Khan Market, New Delhi 110 003
Fax:  91-11-24693302, 24642645,24698410
Website: http://www.ncm.nic.in

 Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities Whom to contact for detailed information:

Shri T. P. Srivastava
Deputy Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities,
Office of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities.
40, Amar Nath Jha Marg,
Allahabad 211002
Tel.No: 91-532-2468566/2468593/2468565
Fax:     91-532-2468544
Website:  http://www.clm.alld.com

 

Maulana Azad Education Foundation For further details person to be contacted:

 

Dr. F.U. Siddiqui
Secretary,
Maulana Azad Education Foundation,
Social Justice Service Centre, Mahila Imdad Committee,
Opposite New Delhi Railway Reservation Centre,
Chelmsford Road, New Delhi – 110055.
Phone/Fax : 91-11-23583788, 23583789.

DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN WAKF PROPERTIES Whom to contact for detailed Information :

Dr. M.R. Haque,
Secretary,
Central Wakf Council,
14/173, Jamnagar House Shahjahan Road,
New Delhi - 110011.
Tel No: 91 11 338 4465


Backward Classes Welfare

The Backward Classes are those castes/communities that are notified as socially and educationally Backward Classes by the State Governments or those that may be notified as such by the Central Government from time to time.

The affairs of Backward Classes were looked after by the Backward Classes Cell (BCC) in the Ministry of Home Affairs prior to 1985. With the creation of a separate Ministry of Welfare in 1985 (renamed as Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on 25.5.1998) the matters relating to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Minorities were transferred to the new Ministry. The Backward Classes Division in the Ministry looks after the policy, planning and implementation of programmes relating to social and economic empowerment of OBCs. It also looks after matters relating to two institutions set up for the welfare of OBCs : National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) and the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

Programmes for Other Backward Classes

Institutions

 Pre-matric Scholarship for OBC Students
Objective :
It is considered that a scheme of Pre-matric Scholarship would be helpful in spreading education amongst OBC children, especially amongst the girl child of weaker sections. To start with, it is proposed to award scholarship to the school going children of poorer OBC parents whose income is below double the poverty line.
Eligibility criteria:
Those candidates belonging to OBCs having family income not exceeding Rs. 44,500 per annum are eligible to apply.
Funding Pattern :
50% of the funds required is provided to the State Governments as central assistance, the balance 50% being borne by the State Governments who have to confirm budget availability for the purpose. In the Union Territories, 100% central assistance is provided. The scholarship money is paid to the selected students by the State Government/Union Territory Administration to which they belong in accordance with the procedure laid down by the State Government/Union Territory Administration in this regard.
Conditions of Scholarship :
The scholarship is given to the students enrolled in class I or any subsequent class of pre-matric stage in the case of day scholars, and class III or any subsequent class of pre-matric stage in the case of hostelers. The scholarship for day scholars is Rs 25 per month from class I to V, Rs 40 per month from class VI to VIII, and Rs 50 per month in classes IX and X. Scholarship for hostelers is Rs 200 per month from class III to VIII, and Rs 250 per month in classes IX and X.  The scholarship terminates at the end of class X. The duration of scholarship in an academic year is 10 months. An ad-hoc grant of Rs 500 per annum is given to all awardees : hostelers as well as day scholars. The scholarship is tenable only in such institutions and for such pre-matriculation courses which have been duly recognized by the concerned State Government/Union Territory Administration.
How to apply :
Application complete in all respects shall be submitted to the Head of the Institution being attended or last attended by the candidate and shall be addressed to the officer specified for this purpose by the Government of the State/Union Territory to which the student belongs in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time.
Achievement under the scheme :


Year

Funds Released(Rs in crore)

No. of Persons Benefited

1998-99

1.50

19523

1999-2000

4.25

116920

2000-01

6.00

184340

2001-02

17.40

951308

2002-03

18.74

585853

2003-04

17.00

1595736

2004-05

18.75

1287610

Post-matric Scholarship for OBC Students
Objective :
The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to OBC students studying at post matriculation or post secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.
Criteria :
Those candidates belonging to OBCs so specified in relation to the State/Union Territory to which the applicant actually belongs, i.e., is permanently settled, who have passed the Matriculation or Higher Secondary or any higher examination of a recognized University or Board of Secondary Education, and who belong to a family having income not exceeding Rs 44,500 per annum are eligible.
Funding Pattern :
The scholarship money is paid to the selected students by the Government of the State/Union Territory to which they belong in accordance with the procedure laid down by them in this regard. 100% central assistance is provided to State Government/Union Territory Administration for the purpose.
Courses for Scholarship :
These scholarships are given for the study of all recognized post-matriculation or post-secondary courses pursued in recognized institutions with the following exceptions :
“Scholarships shall not be awarded for training courses like Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Courses and Private Pilot License Courses, Courses at Training Ship Dufferin (now INS Rajendra), Courses of training at the Military College, Dehradun, courses at Pre-examination Training Centres of All India and State levels and Trade Courses at the Industrial Training Institutes.”
Value of Scholarship :
The value of scholarship includes maintenance allowance, reader charges for blind students, reimbursement of compulsory non-refundable fees, Study Tour Charges, thesis typing/printing charges and book allowance for students pursuing correspondence courses, for complete duration of the course. The details are given below:

(i)                 Maintenance Allowance                Rate of allowance (Rs per month)


Courses
Group A
Medical/ Engineering including Degree level courses in Indian Medicine, B. A. M. & S. and comparable courses in Ayurvedi, Unani/Tibbia and Homeopathic systems of mediciones.
B. Sc. (Agriculture/B. V. Sc./B. F. Sc. (Fisheries) Higher Technical and all professional studies like degree and post-graduate courses in Agriculture and Veterinary Science.

Day Scholar
190

 

 

 

Hostler
425

 

 

 

Group B:
Diploma level courses in Indian Medicine and comparable courses in Ayurvedic, Unani/Tibbia and Homeopathic system of medicine. Diploma & comparable courses in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Medicine. Diploma level courses in printing technology and courses for Overseer, Draftsman, Surveyor, Commercial Pilot License. Diploma and higher courses in Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition.
Degree and Post Graduate course in Nursing and Pharmacy. Wireless and television operators/sound recording and sound engineering, motion picture photography, film direction/acting/screenplay writing. Degrem/Post Graduate Diploma courses in business management, chartered and cost/works accountancy. Post Graduate courses in Science subjects.

 
190

 

 

 

 

 

 
290

 

 

 

 

 

Group C:
Certificate course in Enginering/Technology/Architecture and Medicine. Diploma and certificate courses in Agriculture, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Fisheries Dairy Development, Hygiene and Public Health, Sanitary Inspector's Course, Courses for Rural Services, Cooperation and Community Development, Sub-Officers' Course at the National Fire Service College, Nagpur, LIbrary Science.
Degree/Post Graduate Diploma and Post Graduate courses in Teachers' Training, Library Science and Physical Education, Music, Fine Arta and Law, Craft Instructor's Training Course, Certificate Course in Hotel Management/Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition. Passenger Transport Management, Associate Degree in Pharmacy Post Graduate courses in Arts and Commerce subjects.

190

 

 

 

 

 

290

 

 

 

 

 

 
Group D:
General Courses upto Graduate level (2nd Year onwards)

120

 

230

 

 
Group E:
Classes XI and XII in 10+2 System,  Intermediate courses and first year of General courses upto Graduate level.

90

 

150

 

  (ii)       Reader Charges for blind students


Group

Reader Allowance (Rs./month)

A, B and C

100

D

75

E

50

(iii)             Fees : Scholars will be paid enrolment/registration, tuition, games, Union, Library, Magazine, Medical Examination such other fees compulsorily payable by the scholar to the institution or University/Board. Refundable deposit like caution money, security deposit will, however, be excluded.
(iv)             Study Tours : Study tour charges upto a maximum of Rs 500 per annum limited to the actual expenditure incurred by the student on transportation charges etc. will be paid to the scholars studying professional and technical courses, provided that the Head of the Institution certifies that the study tour is essential for the scholar for completion of his/her course of study.
(v)               Thesis Typing/Printing charges : Thesis typing/printing charges upto a maximum of Rs 600 will be paid to research scholars on the recommendation of the Head of the Institution.        
How  to apply :
Application complete in all respects shall be submitted to the Head of the Institution being attended or last attended by the candidates and shall be addressed to an officer specified for this purpose by the Government of the State/Union Territory to which the student belongs in accordance with the instructions issued from time to time.
Achievements under the scheme :


Year

Funds Released(Rs in Crore)

No. of Persons benefited

1998-99

4.64

28095

1999-2000

4.97

41794

2000-01

8.99

357739

2001-02

21.96

146938

2002-03

28.41

253455

2003-04

23.99

234589

2004-05

24.67

227980

Hostels for OBC Boys and Girls
Objective :
The objective of the scheme is to provide adequate hostel facilities to the target group, i.e., Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to provide them a level playing field and to take up educational pursuits in quality education centres. The hostels are constructed for middle, secondary, college and university level students.
Eligibility Criteria :
The scheme OBC students except those belonging to the ‘Creamy Layer’ as defined in the Office Memorandum No. 36012/22/93-Estt. (SCT) dated 8th September, 1993 issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. 
The organizations eligible for assistance are : (i) The State Government/Union Territory Administration concerned; (ii) Institutions or organizations set up by Government as autonomous body under statute or as a society under the Registration of Societies Act, 1860 or otherwise;  (iii) Educational and other institutions owned and controlled by Central Government/State Government/Union Territory Administration.
Out of the hostels set up under this scheme at least one third will be exclusively for girls. 5% of the total seats in these hostels shall be reserved for disabled students.
Funding Pattern :
Under the scheme 50% central assistance is given for construction of hostels and the remaining 50% is borne by the concerned State Government. 100% central assistance is given to the Central Government Institutions and Union Territories. The expenditure on procurement of land, staffing and other maintenance and day to day expenditure is borne by the State Government  /Union Territory Administration concerned.
How to apply ;
The eligible institutions can apply in the prescribed proforma to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. 
Achievements under the scheme :


Year

Funds Released(Rs.in Crore)

No.of Persons

1998-99

1.31

350(4)

1999-2000

3.00

3110(44)

2000-01

5.00

2410(48)

2001-02

11.45

3700(57)

2002-03

14.33

5808(84)

2003-04

10.20

4061(60)

2004-05

12.76

5821(73)

Assistance to Voluntary Organizations for the Welfare of OBCs
Objective :
The objective of the scheme is to involve the voluntary sector to improve educational and socio-economic conditions of the target group, i.e., Other Backward Classes (OBCs), with a view to upgrade skill to enable them to start income generating activities on their own or get gainful employment in some sector or the other.
Eligibility Criteria:
In order to be eligible for assistance under this scheme, an Organization should have the following characterstics: (a) It is a registered body under an appropriate Act so that it gets a corporate status and a legal personality and a group liability is established for its activities; (b) It has an appropriate administrative structure and a duly constituted managing/executive committee; (c) The aims and objects of the organization and programmes in fulfillment of those aims and objects are precisely laid down; (d) The organization is initiated and governed by its own members on democratic principles without any external control; and (e) It should not run for profit to any individual or body of individuals.
The eligibility criteria for beneficiaries is : (a) The beneficiary should belong to OBCs as per notified list in the Central List of OBCs; and (b) The beneficiary’s parents’/guardians’ income does not exceed Rs 1.00 lakh annually.
Funding Pattern :
The quantum of assistance is determined in each case on merit. The Government of India may, however, meet 90% of the approved expenditure on any or all of the approved items. The remaining expenditure is to be met by the concerned voluntary organization from its own resources.
Courses for Coaching :
Assistance under the scheme will be admissible for establishing centres and developing services which may equip the OBC candidates by upgrading their skills to enable them to start income generating activities either through self-employment or wage-employment.
How to apply :
Grant-in-aid is sanctioned for the new projects under the new scheme after the information is supplied as per the application form along with the recommendation including reports of the State Government/Union Territory Administration, National Commissions, Tribal Research Institute of the State Government and any other agency so designated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for the purpose.

Whom to contact for more information, suggestions and comments :
 Shri V.B.Pachnanda
 Deputy Secretary (BCC),
Government of India,
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Room No. 4, 9th floor ,
Jeevan Prakash Building
25 Kasturba Marg
New Delhi-110001

 Smt Meena Sharma
 Under Secretary (BCC),
Government of India,
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Room No. 4, 9th floor ,
Jeevan Prakash Building
25 Kasturba Marg
New Delhi-110001

Institutions
National Backward Class Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC)
Introduction :
The National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC) was set up by the Government of India under Ministry of Welfare (now Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) on 13th January, 1992 as a company not for profit under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. NBCFDC’s authorised share capital is Rs. 700 crore  and  paid up share capital is Rs. 425.35 crore (as on 30.8. 2005).
Objective :
NBCFDC’s main objective is to promote economic and developmental activities for the benefit of Backward Classes and to assist the poorer sections of these classes in skill development and self employment ventures.
Eligibility Criteria for NBCFDC’s Loans :
Members of Backward Classes living below the poverty line and those living above the poverty line but below double the poverty line can be given loans by the NBCFDC through the State Channelising Agencies (SCAs).
Activities which can be financed :
Agriculture and allied activities - agriculture production and related fields such as irrigation, purchase of agriculture machinery, animal breeding, poultry farming, horticulture, bee keeping, etc.; purchase of equipment for agriculture services such as pesticide spray/harvesting etc.; agriculture marketing through cooperative societies/association of farmers belonging to OBCs, setting up grading and packing houses, purchase of transport vehicles for marketing of agriculture produce etc.
Artisan & Traditional Occupation -  barbers, washermen, tailors, weavers, carpenters, potters, blacksmiths, masons and manufacturing of handicraft items including brass ware, gardeners in urban area etc.
Technical Trades - electrician, plumber, sheet metal, TV/radio repair, motor mechanic, tyre uncture repair, refrigeration mechanic etc.
Small Businesses - tea shop, general provision store, books and stationery shop, newspaper and magazine shop, vendors, photocopier service, typewriting and word processing service etc.
Transport -  plying of bullock and other animal driven carts, cycle-rickshaw, auto rickshaw, taxi, tempo, truck for hire etc. including cycle hiring service.
Above activities are illustrative and not exhaustive and beneficiaries may choose any occupation of their choice under these activities.

Procedure for financing :
Prospective eligible beneficiaries should apply on the prescribed form to the District Collector/District Officer of State Channelising Agency (SCA) where he/she normally resides. The applicant should fulfil eligibility criteria and submit document of proof, i.e., caste and income certificate issued by competent authority, viz., Tehsildar/Sub-Divisional Magistrate/District Collector etc. The beneficiary is also required to execute Agreement Deed and Guarantee Deed with SCA. The loan is sanctioned by SCAs; they are required to submit list of identified beneficiaries to NBCFDC to draw the sanctioned amount of loan. NBCFDC requires block guarantee from the concerned State Government for sanction and disbursement of loan to SCAs. Beneficiary loan card is issued to each beneficiary by the SCA at the time of disbursement of loan.

Types of Loans :

(A) General Loan Scheme
Term Loan Scheme : Under Term Loan Scheme, NBCFDC provides upto 85% of the project cost subject to maximum loan of Rs 500000/    per beneficiary.
          NBCFDC Share 85%       Rate of Interest
         SCA Share 10%              NBCFDC to SCA  3%
        Beneficiary   5%               SCA to Beneficiary  6%

(i) New Swarnima Scheme for Women
To inculcate spirit of  self-reliance among the women of Background Classes a 'New Swarnima Scheme' was introduced. The beneficiary women are not required to invest any amount of their own in the project. 
Features
Features:


Quantum of Loan

Maximum loan per beneficiary

Rs. 50,000/-

Rate of Interest

From NBCFDC to SCA
SCA to beneficiary

@ 1% p.a
@ 4% p.a

Pattern of Finance

NBCFDC
SCA Contribution

95%
5%

Repayment period

Max. repayment period more as compared to general loan scheme which is 10 years

 

(ii) Swayam Saksham Scheme:
For professionally unemployed  youth. In order to inculcate the spirit of self-confidence among such youths through self employment and utilize their wisdom and experience gained through professional training and education.
Features:


Quantum of Loan

Maximum loan per beneficiary

Rs. 5,00,000/-

Rate of Interest

From NBCFDC to SCA/NGO
SCA to beneficiary

@ 2% p.a
@ 5% p.a

Pattern of Finance

NBCFDC
SCA
Beneficiary

90%
5%
5%

Repayment period

Max. repayment period

3 years

 (iii) Education Loan Scheme
Loans at concessional rate of interest  to the student of  Backward Classes living double the poverty line for pursuing general/professional/technical courses or training at graduate and higher levels.
Features


Quantum of Loan

Maximum loan per beneficiary

Rs. 75,000/- p.a or Subject to max. 3.0 lakhs

Rate of Interest

 

@ 4% p.a

Margin Money Loan Scheme : Under Margin Money Loan, the loans are given upto  40% of the  cost subject to maximum of Rs 2,00,000/- per beneficiary under various sectors viz. Agriculture & Allied, Small Business/ Artisan & Traditional Occupation, Service and Transport.

(B) Micro Finance Schemes :
Micro credit financing :
To implement NBCFDC schemes at grass-root level and to promote and support  micro credit scheme for improvement of credit facilities for the target group  specially the women beneficiaries, the Corporation has adopted Micro Credit Financing through SCAs and accredited NGOs either directly or through self help groups.
Salient features of the scheme are as under :


Quantum of Loan
Maximum number in one SHGs

Maximum loan per beneficiary

Rs. 25,000/-
20

Rate of Interest

From NBCFDC to SCA/NGO
SCA to NGOs/SHGs

@ 2% p.a
@ 5% p.a

Pattern of Finance

NBCFDC
SCA/ Beneficiary Contribution

90%
10%

Repayment period

Max. repayment period

3 years

Mahila Samridhi Yojna
To provide Micro Finance to women entrepreneurs belonging to target group. The scheme is implemented through SCAs in rural and urban areas by way of financing the women beneficiaries either directly or through Self-Hlep Groups.


Quantum of Loan
Maximum number in one SHGs

Maximum loan per beneficiary

Rs. 25,000/-
20

Rate of Interest

From NBCFDC to SCA/NGO
SCA to beneficiary

@ 1% p.a
@ 4% p.a

Pattern of Finance

NBCFDC
SCA/ Beneficiary Contribution

95%
5%

Repayment period

Max. repayment period

3 years

(C) Training Grant Scheme :
The Corporation provides financial assistance to the members of the target groups belonging to Backward Class for up-gradation of their technical skill. The assistance is provided through SCAs or Technical Institutes for conducting training programmes for which 90% of the training expenses are borne by NBCFDC and balance 10 % is to be contributed by SCAs.

Whom to contact for more information :
Managing Director,
National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NBCFDC),
NCUI Building, 3, Siri Institutional Area,
Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi – 110 016.
Tel :  91 11 6852624, 6511027, 6511028, 6510923, 6569378.
Fax : 91 11  6850086, 6854521.
E-mail address : mailto:nbcfdc@del3.vsnl.net.innbcfdc@del3.vsnl.net.in
Website : http://www.nbcfdc.org

National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)
Background
The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Act, 1993 was enacted on the direction of the Supreme Court to set up a permanent body for entertaining, examining and recommending upon requests for inclusion and complaints of over-inclusion and under-inclusion in the central lists of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) of citizens for the purpose of making reservation in civil posts and services under Government of India.
Composition of the Commission :
The Commission consists of a Chairperson who is or has been a Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court, a social scientist, two persons who have special knowledge in matters relating to backward classes, and a Member-Secretary who is or has been an officer of the Central Government in the rank of a Secretary to the Government of India. Every Member holds office for a term of 3 years from the date he assumes office.
The members of the Commission along with the date of their assumption of charge are as follows:
Chairperson     Post is presently lying vacant since 12/08/2005
Members : Smt. Neera Shastri    29/09/2003
                 Dr. B. Babu Rao Verma    06/10/2003
                 (one post of member is presently lying vacant since 18/08/2005)
Member Secretary :  Sh. S.K. Purukayastha
Advices of the Commission :
The Commission is mandated to 'examine requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the list and hear complaints of over-inclusion and under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and tender such advice to the Central Government as deemed appropriate' under Section 9(1) of the NCBC Act, 1993. The advice of the Commission is ordinarily binding upon the Central Government under Section 9(2) of the Act.
Since the inception of the Commission the Central Government has received 811 advices from the Commission for inclusion or amendment of castes/communities in the Central lists of OBCs as well as for rejection of claims of certain castes/communities for inclusion in these lists.  The Government has accepted 338 advices for inclusion of castes/communities in the Central lists and notified them. 51 advices for inclusion have recently been approved by the Cabinet and notified on 21st September, 2000. 415 advices pertaining to rejection of claims for inclusion in the lists have also been agreed to by the Government.   7 advices are under process.

Whom to contact for more information :

Shri S.K. Purukayastha
Member-Secretary,
National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC),
Trikoot-I, Bhikaji Cama Place,
New Delhi – 110 066.
Tel : 91 11 26183590
Fax : 91 11 26183227

Shri P.S. Ranga,
Director
National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC),
Trikoot-I, Bhikaji Cama Place,
New Delhi – 110 066.
Tel : 91 11 26183590
Fax : 91 11 26183227