Union Minister for Minority Affairs Government of India Dr Najma A Heptulla, who is in Kashmir for a two day visit on eve of Republic Day of India celebrations, Tuesday interacted with party workers in Srinagar to apprise them about the developmental work done by NDA government in past two and a half years.
Dr Heptulla attended BJP workers convention today and will be attending the Intellectual Conference on January 20, 2016. “Main purpose of my visit was to interact with party workers and apprise them about the work done (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government, so as to give our workers a talking point on what our government did in past two and a half years,” she said.
She also highlighted the social welfare schemes initiated by NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed them ‘revolutionary and path breaking’.
Later, interacting with media persons the Union Minister for Minority Affairs said that the recently launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ is ‘farmer-friendly’ aimed to ameliorate the condition of farmers of the country.
About the performance of her own ministry, Dr Heptulla said the ministry has launched several schemes for the welfare of people belonging to minority community, and added that the Modi-led government was highly committed to the welfare of not only people belonging to minority community but to the people at large. She said that 86 lakh scholarships are being provided to students of the community and special coaching and training is provided to the students for preparing them to face the tough competitive exams in the filed of engineering, medicine and the civil service exams.
Dr Heptulla said that under the Nayi Manzil scheme, the World Bank has sanctioned a loan of worth Rs 50 million for the modernisation of Madrasas across the country. She added that under the Nayi Manzil scheme, vocational skill training, imparting computer skills is done for the minority students.
She said the Nayi Manzil scheme also looks to bridge the knowledge gap of school dropouts and students passing out of the conventional system (from Madrasas) and facilitating their getting admission into mainstream schools and colleges.
Dr. Heptulla said the the World Bank has been impressed with the scheme and is looking to replicate the same in South East Asian countries and in Africa. (KNS)