Ministry of Minority Affairs

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The Ministry of Minority Affairs, a ministry of the Government of India established in 2006. It is the apex body for the central government's regulatory and developmental programmes for the minority communities in India, which include Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains notified as minority communities under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.[1] As of 26 May 2014, head of the ministry, Minister of Minority Affairs is the cabinet minister Najma Heptulla.

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The ministry is also involved with the linguistic minorities and of the office of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, representation of the Anglo-Indian community, protection and preservation of non-Muslim shrines in Pakistan and Muslim shrines in India in terms of the Pant-Mirza Agreement of 1955, in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.[2] The Minister in charge is also Chairperson of the Central Wakf Council, India, which manages the running of the State Wakf Boards.[3] Ministry of Minority Affairs provides Moma scholarship to minority community students of India every year.Moma Scholarship.[4] is a scholarship scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs initiated with the aim of supporting minority communities student who are not financially strong and want to pursue higher studies in India.Minority communities in India includes Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains.The scholarship is awarded to the students by India Government through State Government/UTs.The scholarship is awarded for the undergraduate and post graduate courses.

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