Blog Single

25 Jan

SC : Welfare schemes for religious minorities

In news:

  • The Supreme Court asked the UP government to respond to a petition alleging that the government is discriminating against Hindus by providing religious minorities with welfare schemes worth thousands of crores.

From Prelims point of view:

National Commission for Minorities

  • Statutory body set up under the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
  • Unlike other bodies like NCSC and NCST, NCM has no constitutional backing or status.
  • Works under the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
  • It looks into complaints from members of five religious communities notified as a minority community in 2014.( Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) Jain community)

Who are minorities?

  • Constitution  speaks of minorities ‘based on religion or language’ and rights of minorities have been spelt out in Constitution in detail.
  • Six religious communities, viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains have been notified in Gazette of India as minority communities by Union Government all over India.

Related Posts

Leave A Comment