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Press conference regarding the implementation of the Prime Minister’ 15 New Point Programme 

Press conference regarding the implementation of the Prime Minister’ 15 New Point Programme 

 

Chandigarh.16 December,2019.Sardar Manjit Singh Rai, Hon’ble Member of National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Government of India, New Delhi visited Chandigarh from 14th – 16th December, 2019 to review the progress of various schemes/programmes covered under Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for the Welfare of Minority Communities. Hon’ble Member, NCM held a meeting with the Commissioner Municipal Corporation, ADC, Director Social Welfare, Superintendent of Police, Director Higher/School Education representatives of the Minority Communities and other senior officers of Chandigarh Administration.

Director Social Welfare, Women & Child Development on  behalf of the Chandigarh Administration welcomed the Hon’ble Member and briefed the progress schemes/programmes relating to the Minority Communities. Director Social Welfare apprised that the minority population in UT, Chandigarh is approximately 19% of total population.

The Hon’ble Member reviewed 15 Point Programme, and  emphasized upon shifting of Anganwadi Centres running in rented buildings to the Government Elementary School Buildings/Government owned buildings, regular health check up of all children enrolled under Anganwadi Centres for overall growth, proper disbursement of Scholarship Schemes, formation of Self Help Groups for upliftment of Women of Minority Community in convergence with youth, reservation in Government Housing Schemes, Loan for Self Employment and Skill Training. 

The Deputy Director, ICDS informed that 450 Anganwadi Centres are running in the UT, Chandigarh, out of which 171 Anganwadi Centres are running in Govt. buildings and 279 are in rented accommodations.  Hon’ble Member desired that all the AWCs should be in Govt. owned buildings with provision of basic requirements. Director School Education informed that in UT, Chandigarh, there are total 114 Govt. Schools and 27 AWCs have already been shifted in the existing Govt. school buildings and 10 more AWCs will be shifted shortly.  He further assured that the provision for remaining AWCs is being made in new school buildings.  Deputy Director, Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan apprised the Hon’ble Member that, mapping of all the Anganwadi Centres with Elementary Schools is in progress.  Commissioner, MC also apprised that MC is also providing one room in community centres for running of AWCs.

Director Health Services informed that funds to pregnant/lactating mothers under the scheme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana have been disbursed upto October, 2019 and data pertaining to minorities will be shared with the Commission.  He further informed that physical verification of Anganwadi children is done regularly by a team of doctors in convergence with the Department of Social Welfare and Education.  The growth of children in AWCs is assessed with height, weight and immunization.

Director Social Welfare, also apprised that under the Integrated Child Development Services, out of total 55204 enrolled children, pregnant/nursing mothers and adolescent girls, 8011 belongs to minority communities who are benefitted under six services i.e. supplementary nutrition, immunization, health check-up, referral services, pre-school non-formal education and Nutrition & Health Education (NHED).

Director School Education, also briefed about the Scholarship Schemes for the students belonging to minority communities and informed that during the year 2018-19, 1464 students have been disbursed scholarship under Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-cum-Means Schemes amounting to Rs.21.07 Lakhs and during the current year, 1799 applications have been sent to the Ministry for disbursement of scholarships.   State Liaison Officer requested the Hon’ble Member to take up the matter with Govt. of India regarding enhancement of   income criteria under scholarship schemes for Minorities, so that more minority students can avail the benefits under the schemes.  Further, Hon’ble Member directed that in Madrassas basic education shall be provided in addition to religious education.

It was also apprised that, Chandigarh Scheduled Caste, Backward Classes & Minorities Finance & Development Corporation has disbursed loan amounting to Rs.10.00 Lakh to 40 minority beneficiaries under Self Employment Scheme and 174 minority beneficiaries have been imparted skill development training in different trades during the current financial year.  Superintendent of Police informed that 19% police personnel belong to different minority communities. Representative of MC informed that 37 Self Help Groups for empowerment of Women have been made and out of 370 beneficiaries 104 belong to minority communities.  Subsequently, Hon’ble Member gave directions to MC to conduct drives in convergence with Employment Office and Lead Bank Manager in order to facilitate loans in time bound manner for self employment of youth belonging to minority community and for Self Help Groups.

The Hon’ble Member acknowledged the efforts made by different departments of UT, Chandigarh for the Welfare of Minorities and desired that the departments should ensure effective implementation of the schemes by using social media platforms and advocacy by sharing motivational stories.

 

Department: 
Social Welfare