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Priority on fast pace development: Minister

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New Delhi, June 5: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said that to accelerate the “vehicle of development” on the “highway of trust” will be the Modi Government's priority in the next five years.

He said ensuring socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities through “3Es”-- Education, Employment and Empowerment -- was the target and it would work hard to achieve this goal. Elaborating, Naqvi said “Padho-Badho” campaign would be launched across the country to encourage  education of minority girls. Educational infrastructure would be developed on a war-footing in those areas of  the country where people did not send their daughters to schools due to socio-economic reasons.

'Our target is to provide “Pradhanmantri Scholarship” to 5 crore students in the next five years, which will  include 50 per cent girl students. The entire process of “Pradhanmatri Scholarship” has been made easier  and transparent through DBT mode,' he said.

'We have to remain alert and cautious to ensure that there is no “speed breaker” or any obstacle comes on  this 'highway of trust'," he told the officials of his ministry. Naqvi said that 100 “Hunar Haats” will be organised across the country to provide market and employment opportunities to master artisans. A system would also be developed to provide online platform to master artisans to sell their handmade “Swadeshi” (indigenous) products.

Employment-oriented skill development schemes such as “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Garib Nawaz Skill Development”, “Ustaad” would be made more effective to ensure skill development of 25 lakh youths in the next five years, he added.

An awareness campaign would be launched across the country to make the people aware of various educational and skill development schemes of the Central Government through 100 vans. Cultural programmes, street plays, short films will be part of this awareness campaign, he said.

Further, “Pragati Panchayat” would be organised across the country where the minister would be present with senior officials of the Minority Affairs Ministry and officials of the state government concerned. The ministry has developed people-friendly 100 per cent online system to ensure transparency in all the welfare schemes and the system had eliminated the role of middlemen.

Naqvi also said that soon zonal coordination meetings would be organised in Mumbai, Ranchi, Lucknow, Kerala where senior officials of the Minority Affairs Ministry and Ministers and senior officials of various state governments would took stock of the effective implementation of welfare schemes, an official release here said.  (UNI)