Centre committed to the development of minorities: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi expressed concern over the poor financial status of minorities in the country.
Vadodara: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi expressed concern over the poor financial status of minorities in the country, saying the Centre's initiative 'Mission Empowerment' is working towards the development of minorities, focusing on employment and education.
Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, told reporters at Harni Airport in Vadodara on Saturday evening that it is sad that over 50 percent of minorities are living below the poverty line, but the Centre is committed to the development of every section of society.
"Our 'Mission Empowerment' (initiative) is focused on development of minority communities in all states. I have been discussing with the state governments on issues and implementation of minority welfare programmes...be it employment, education infrastructure, and scholarships," he said.
"We are against any negative agenda. We are for good governance only. We will not allow anyone to dent our agenda," he said.
Naqvi had made a halt at Harni airport before visiting Nadiad in Kheda district on Saturday evening where he addressed a gathering.
The prime minister attended an event organised for Abhidhamma Day which also saw the participation of eminent monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia and ambassadors of various countries
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