Ministry of Minority Affairs Schemes


Ministry of Minority Affairs Schemes

Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram

  • The erstwhile Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP), a centrally sponsored scheme has been
    restructured and renamed as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram.
  • MsDP, a centrally sponsored scheme, launched to address the development deficitsc in 90 minority
    concentration districts in the country to address the development deficits.
  • It has been identified as one of the Core of the Core Schemes under National Development Agenda.
  • It aims at improving the socio-economic parameters of basic amenities for improving the quality of life of the
    people and reducing imbalances in the Minority Concentration Areas.
  • Minority Concentration Areas have been identified based on both population data (25% of the total
    population belongs to minority communities) and backwardness parameters of Census 2001 of these
  • The backwardness parameters are:-
    (a) Religion-specific socio-economic indicators at the district level –
    (i) Literacy rate;
    (ii) Female literacy rate ;
    (iii) Work participation rate; and
    (iv) Female work participation rate; and
    (b) Basic amenities indicators at the district level –
    (i) Percentage of households with pucca walls‘
    (ii) Percentage of households with safe drinking water &
    (iii) Percentage of households with electricity
  • The projects considered are additional class rooms, laboratories,
    school buildings, hostels, toilets, buildings for Polytechnics, ITIs, Community Health Centres, Primary Health
    Centres / Sub-centres, Anganwadi Centres, Rural Housing etc.
  • Education, Health and Skill are the priority under MsDP.
  • The projects are funded in the ratio of 60:40 and for NE and Hilly States at 90:10 between the Centre and States.

Nai Manzil

  • It aims to engage constructively with Poor Minority youth and help them obtain sustainable and gainful
    employment opportunities that can facilitate them to be integrated with mainstream economic activities.
  • Integrated Skill Training is being provided to the youth in market driven skills.
  • The other objectives include, raise awareness and sensitization in health and life skills, Mobilize school dropout minority youths with formal education and certification upto level 8th or 10th through National Institute
    of Open Schooling (NIOS) or other State open schooling systems.
  • It was launched for the first time in J&K in 2016, where girls from minority communities are being imparted
    three-month skill development training in seven identified sectors relevant to the region.

Nai Roshni

  • It is a scheme for leadership development among Minority Women, to empower and instill confidence among minority women by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with Government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels.

Nai Udaan Scheme

  • The objective of the Scheme is to provide financial support to minority students for preparation of Main Examination, who clear Prelims conducted by Union Public Service Commission, Staff Selection commission, State Public Service Commission etc.
  • It aims to adequately equip them to compete and to increase the representation of the minority in the Civil Services.


  • Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) is a skill development architecture aimed at providing
    an all India Level training framework.
  • The training framework is based upon tie-ups with National/International training organizations (on PPP
    mode) for imparting training to the minority population, for skills that are currently in demand.
  • It will also provide concessional credit for minority community after meeting their Skilling Needs for
    expanding their existing businesses and setting up new businesses.

Hunar Haat

  • Hunar Haat (Skill Haat) is an exhibition of handicrafts, embroidery etc made by the artisans from the Minority Communities organized by the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • They will be provided free of cost stall, the arrangements for their transport and their daily expenses.
  • The Ministry has been working to establish ―Hunar Hub‖ in all the states where programmes such as ―HunarHaat‖ and other cultural events will be organized.


  • Upgrading the Skills in Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD) is a 100% central sector scheme aimed at capacity building and updating the traditional skills of master craftsmen/artisans. These trained master craftsmen/artisan will train the minority youths in various specific traditional arts/crafts.
  • Under the Scheme, skill development programme will be provided for all important traditional arts/crafts
    being practiced by minority communities, for their development and market linkages.

Gharib Nawaz Skill Development Centre

  • The centre was launched for providing short term job oriented skill development course for youths belonging to minority communities.
  • It offers certificate course in Goods and Services Tax accounting/programming and other related subjects.
    25.9 Hamari Dharohar Scheme
  • he scheme aimed preservation of rich heritage and culture of minority communities of India.
  • Funding under the scheme is project based and not State/District-wise.
  • It aims to support curationof iconic exhibitions, calligraphy, research and development, etc.
  • A project has been initiated to translate documents belonging to medieval period on the subjects of Medicines,
    Mathematics, and Literature from Arabic language to English.
    25.10 Learn and Earn Scheme
  • Seekho aur Kamao (Learn & Earn) is a central sector scheme aiming to provide placement linked skill
    training to youths from minority communities.
  • It is implemented across the country through selected Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs).

Jiyo Parsi

  • The main objective of the ―JiyoParsi‖ scheme is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population, stabilize their population and increase the population of Parsis in India.
  • The scheme has two components such as Medical Assistance and Advocacy (Counselling).
  • Recently, JiyoParsi Publicity Phase-2 was launched in Mumbai.

Other Schemes

  • Padho Pardesh -It is the Scheme for providing interest subsidy on educational loans for overseas studies for the students belonging to the minority communities.
  • Cyber Gram – It is launched under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) to provide hands on training in computers to the students of minority communities and enable them to acquire basic Information
    and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
  • Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for Meritorious Girls belonging to Minorities implemented through Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
  • Mahila Samridhi Yojana – Skill development training in women friendly trades is provided along with stipend and formation of self-help group during the training period followed by infusion of micro credit for income generation.

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