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Minority women to get leadership qualities


Reported by Neha Shukla in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jan 7,2013



LUCKNOW: The renewed focus on empowerment of women has made the Minority Welfare Ministry to shed its slumber and revive its two-year old project to empower women from the minority community. The ministry wants to train at least 40,000 women from the minority communities to develop leadership qualities in them, thus making them confident and also self-reliant. The ministry, in an RTI response, said that the ministry has started working on the 'leadership development of minority women' scheme. It was on January 27, 2010 that the central government had conceived the scheme. Uttar Pradesh's 20-odd districts having considerable Muslim population will be the beneficiaries.

The RTI response has also revealed that the Standing Committee of the Parliament has expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards the implementation scheme. The scheme was conceived based on one of the recommendations of the Sachar committee. The report of the committee highlighted that India's largest minority group, the Muslim numbering 13.83 crore, have not benefited out of the development, and Muslim women are the most disadvantaged group. The scheme to develop leadership qualities inminority women was planned by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. In 2009-10, the scheme was transferred to the ministry of minority affairs.

The objective of the scheme, "for leadership development of minority women, including their neighbors from other communities living in the same village/locality", is to empower and instill confidence in women, by providing knowledge, tools and techniques for interacting with government systems, banks and other institutions at all levels. The RTI activist Salim Baig had questioned the government about the implementation of Sachar committee recommendations.

In response the ministry of minority welfare said that it has taken up the scheme with a renewed vigor. The scheme, for the last two years, was lying defunct. Though the government had allocated Rs 23 crore to be given to NGOs for its implementation. A sum of Rs 8 crore was released in 2009-10 and another Rs 15 crore in 2010-11. The money, however, has not been put to use. It's now that the government will utilize the amount. The scheme will be implemented in Muslim dominated areas and in areas having minority population. There are 88 Muslim concentration districts in the country.

In UP, Badaun, Bahraich, Balrampur, Barabanki, Bareilly, Bijnore, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, JP Nagar, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Pilibhit, Rampur, Saharanpur, Santkabir Nagar, Shrawasti, Siddharthnagar and Baghpat are on the list.

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