15 point Programme for minorities

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15 point Programme for minorities is a controversial programme approved by Indian government in 2006 for welfare of religious minorities. It ran into controversies with the principal opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party charging the UPA government of communal budgeting, minority appeasment, religious discrimination and vote bank politics.[1][2] The Central government has allocated 15% of plan outlays for implementation of the 15 points.

15 Points[edit]

  1. Equitable availability of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
  2. Improving access to School Education
  3. Greater resources for teaching Urdu
  4. Modernizing Madarsa Education
  5. Scholarships for meritorious students from minority communities
  6. Improving educational infrastructure through the Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
  7. Self-Employment and Wage Employment for the poor
  8. Upgradation of skill through technical training
  9. Enhanced credit support for economic activities
  10. Recruitment to State and Central Services
  11. Equitable share in rural housing scheme
  12. Improvement in condition of slums inhabited by minority communities.
  13. Prevention of communal incidents
  14. Prosecution for communal offences
  15. Rehabilitation of victims of communal riots.

Bharatiya Janata Party led state governments have opposed the allocation of resources based on religion and called it communal budgeting and a ploy to divide the society on religious lines.

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