New Delhi: The Minority Affairs Ministry
on Friday emphasised the need for dedicated departments in all
states and Union Territories to deal with the issues related
to welfare of the communities.
During an interaction with representatives of states and
UTs, it told them that the "problem of coordination" occurs in
the absence of such an arrangement in some states.
Inaugurating an annual conference of State and UT
Secretaries and Principal Secretaries for the Welfare of
Minorities, Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid said the
percentage of priority sector lending to minorities has
increased to around 13 per cent and their employment in the
public sector units has increased to over 9 per cent.
The minister urged state governments and the UTs to work
in unison with the Centre for implementing the welfare schemes
"without indulging in one-upmanship for getting the credit".
He said he would like to see the convergence of interests
of the minorities and the majority community as happens in the
case of Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) wherein a
Minority Concentration District the majority community also
benefits thereby strengthening the social fabric.
Secretary, Minority Affairs Vivek Mehrotra said that
the cooperation between the Centre and the states and UTs on
welfare of minorities should be further strengthened.