Nai Roshni, a scheme for development of minorities

ST Correspondent
Friday, 29 December 2017

It has been suggested that the organisation is required to identify those women who have completed their training and can be further trained under any short-term skill training so that they can get sustainable economic livelihood opportunities through suitable wage employment or self-employment, microenterprises during the hand holding period of the training programme. 

PUNE: The ministry of minority affairs has released a revised guidelines of the ‘Nai Roshni- scheme for leadership development of minority women. According to the revised guidelines, the scheme for the period (2017-20) will focus on economically empowering women.

It has been suggested that the organisation is required to identify those women who have completed their training and can be further trained under any short-term skill training so that they can get sustainable economic livelihood opportunities through suitable wage employment or self-employment, microenterprises during the hand holding period of the training programme. 

Besides this, the scheme also encourages the organisations to identify the physically handicapped minority women and provide them some employment and skill-based training towards supplementing their household income. The budgetary allocation for 2017-18 is same as in 2016-17 i.e. Rs 15 crore.

The objective of the scheme is to empower and instil confidence in minority women from six minority communities i.e. Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for interacting with the government system, banks and other institutions at all levels. 

It is implemented through non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) all over the country. From 2015-16, the proposals are received online on the Online Application Management System (OAMS) portal to improve transparency. 

Under the scheme, one-week training non-residential (five days residential) programme is provided to the women by selected organisations followed by their handholding for a period of one year. The training is provided on various training modules covering issues relating to women like leadership of women through participation in decision making, an educational programme for women, health and hygiene, legal rights of women, financial literacy, digital literacy, Swachh Bharat, life skills and advocacy for social and behavioural change. 

Since the inception of scheme, 2.9 lakh women have benefited under the scheme in 27 states all over the country at the cost of Rs 65.58 crore. The details of the scheme are also available on the website of Ministry of Minority Affairs - www.minorityaffairs.gov.in.

This information was given by Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

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