Representation of Minorities in Government/PSU Services
The progress in recruitment of minorities in all Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India, public sector enterprises, public sector banks and financial institutions is being monitored as per the guidelines of the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT). The data is not collected on each Minority community by the DOPT but for the five Minority communities as a whole who have been notified under section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992. The candidates belonging to Minority communities need to compete in the recruitment examinations as general category candidates. No special concessions are given to them as in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward Classes/Persons with Disabilities/Ex-servicemen. The percentage of persons from the Minority communities recruited in the Government and Public Sector Undertakings was 6.93% in 2006-07, 8.23% in 2007-08, 9.09% in 2008-09 and 7.28% in 2009-10. The Government is implementing a free coaching and allied scheme for candidates belonging to Minority communities for enhancing their skills and capabilities to make them employable in industries, services, business sectors and in the Government sector. In addition, a total of 78.68 lakh scholarships/fellowships have been disbursed so far to students belonging to Minority communities since 2007-08 upto 2010-11 with an expenditure of Rs. 1526.91 crore. In addition, Rs.992.63 crore has been approved for expenditure in 11th Plan Period for school education including skill education under Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP) in minority concentration districts (MCDs) to improve employability in the Minority communities.