Saturday, September 20, 2014

Minority Affairs Secretary on four-day visit to Sikkim

The Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Minority Affairs Dr. Lalit Pawar accompanied by Director in the Ministry, Anurag Bajpai is on a four-day visit to Sikkim from 18 to 21 September 2014. The Ministry of Minority Affairs in Government of India runs two important programmes for the welfare of minorities like Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis – the first being Multi Sectoral Development Programme which provides health, education and other required infrastructure towards reducing the development deficit in the Minority Concentrated Blocks in the identified backward minority concentration districts and other being administration of PM’s 15-point programme for welfare of the minorities. The Buddhist and Christian communities from Sikkim are being covered under these programmes.
The Ministry has already sanctioned funds which is more than Rs 20 crore for the North District which is the only identified backward minority concentrated district in Sikkim. The sanction has been accorded towards provisioning of additional class rooms, Public Health Sub Centres, provision of Indira Awas Yojana, construction of Anganwadi Centres and construction of weaving and dyeing centre etc. The new projects that are in the pipeline for approval and sanction of the Ministry are Polytechnic for North District, provisioning of additional class rooms, Public Health Sub Centers, Multi Purpose hall, stadium, hostels etc. This is the first ever visit of the Secretary of Ministry of Minority Affairs to Sikkim.
Under the PM’s new 15 points programme for the welfare of Minorities scheme like scholarship for students of Minorities communities, ICDS, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme, Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana, Sampurna Grameen Rozgar Yojana, SRGP, Skill Development and Indira Awas Yojana are monitored to ensure that benefit of these schemes reaches the minority communities. The state Level Committee headed by Chief Secretary along with Secretaries of various concerned departments, Zilla Adhakshya, Upadhakshya of North District, District Collector (North) etc reviews the implementation of PM’s new 15 point programme. It is expected that this visit by the Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs will give a boost to the development efforts of the State Government towards bridging various development deficits in these schemes and provision of required infrastructure in the North District.

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