9 Sep 2012

Budget for Minorities

Prior to the financial year 2012-13, the Ministry of Minority Affairs operated the heads 0250- Other Social Services, 102 Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes and 2225 & 4225 - Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the Budget i.e. the name of the heads was not the “Minorities”. Giving this information in written reply to a question in the
Lok Sabha, Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of Minority Affairs, said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs moved a proposal to include “Minorities” in the description of these Heads of accounts. Accordingly, in January 2012 (effective from the financial year 2012-13), the 2225 and 4225 were changed to include the word “Minorities” and the addition of 04 – Welfare of Minorities. Under 0250, the Head 102 was nomenclatured to include the word “Minorities”. 
Shri Khurshid further informed the House that out of the Plan allocation of Rs. 3,135 crore for 2012-13 an amount of Rs. 474.63 crore has been incurred till 31st August,2012. He said that the entire allocation of the Ministry of Minority Affairs is spent exclusively for the welfare of minorities. 

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