The government has been implementing various programmes for the welfare and upliftment of every strata, including minorities, particularly the economically weaker and lesser privileged sections of the society, through the Ministries of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Textiles, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Women and Child Development, and Minister of Minority Affairs, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
In addition to the aforementioned, the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MoMA) administers numerous programmes for the advancement of the country’s six officially recognised minorities, including Muslims. Beneficiaries from Muslim communities make up a sizable portion of the underprivileged groups or classes known as Pasmanda Muslims. The most extreme cases of poverty are the focus of MoMA’s social programmes.
The MoMA’s Pradhan Mantri Virasat ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) programme targets designated minorities with a focus on artisan communities and their families, including individuals from all classes/sections of society, especially Pasmanda Muslims, who are considered to be among the most poor.