15 point Programme for minorities
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. The Central government has allocated 15% of plan outlays for implementation of the 15 points.
- Equitable availability of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
- Improving access to School Education
- Greater resources for teaching Urdu
- Modernizing Madarsa Education
- Scholarships for meritorious students from minority communities
- Improving educational infrastructure through the Maulana Azad Education Foundation.
- Self-Employment and Wage Employment for the poor
- Upgradation of skill through technical training
- Enhanced credit support for economic activities
- Recruitment to State and Central Services
- Equitable share in rural housing scheme
- Improvement in condition of slums inhabited by minority communities.
- Prevention of communal incidents
- Prosecution for communal offences
- 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.
- BJP CMs deride plan to divide social fabric. Economic Times. 20 December 2007.
- PM Manmohan Singh broke Indian law by trying to woo non-Hindu voters in Gujarat?. India Daily. 9 December 2007.
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