23-March, 2016: The Centre is committed to advance the cause of minorities and other disadvantaged groups. The government is working on the premise that these sections need to grow and grow uniformly and striving to bring uniformity to the extent possible. This was sated by Shri Arun Jaitley, the Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting while delivering 8th annual lecture of NCM here on ‘’Economic empowerment of Minorities’’. Shri Jaitley said that higher growth rate impacts all but there are areas where certain minorities lag behind and those areas need to be addressed. Post 1991, improvement in conditions of deprived sections of the society has been faster compared to pre 1991 period but not uniform, he added. Education is the key to improve their condition faster and uniformly and conversion of skills in to opportunities is another means to achieve it, he added.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Najma Heptulla, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs said that effective implementation of schemes and ensuring uniformity in development are the two guiding principles for “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas”. The Minority Affairs Ministry is focusing on implementing the schemes for six notified minorities to make difference on ground. To address the the micro level deficiencies in development, the Ministry is emphasing on education, skill development and dispelling social alienation of minorities specially muslims. Appreciating support from the FM and PM to her Ministry schemes, Dr. Najma said Nai Manzil and Hamari Dharohar schemes launched during this government are being received well and have started yielding results.
The National Commission of Minorities was established in 1978 through a Government notification dated 12.01.1978. Later through enactment of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, a statutory Commission, better known as NCM was set up on 17.05.1993 and the first Chairperson assumed office in July, 1993.
In order to commemorate the setting up of the Statutory Commission in July, 1993, NCM initiated a lecture series in 2008. The previous speakers include Justice A. M. Ahmadi, Justice Rajender Sachar, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, H. H. The Dalai Lama, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Shri Nitish Kumar, and Sh. Fali Nariman.