Kohima, September 19 (MExN): Personnel & Administrative Reforms Department, in a notification, has informed that the Government of Nagaland has created a separate Cell of Minority Affairs under Planning & Co-ordination Department in Nagaland with immediate effect.
The functions and duties of the Cell are as follows:
1. Schemes/Programmes under the Ministry of Minority Affairs (GOI) to be dealt by the new Cell of Minority Affairs:
1.1 (A) Educational Empowerment
i) Scholarship Schemes:-
a) Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme.
b) Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme.
c) Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme.
ii) Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) Scheme.
iii) Naya Savera- Free Coaching and Allied Scheme for the candidates / students belonging to Minority Communities.
iv) Padho Pardesh- Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loans for Overseas Studies for the Student belonging to Minority Communities.
v) Nai Udaan- Support for Minority Students clearing Prelims conducted by UPSC, State Public Service Commission's (PSCs) and Staff Selection Commission.
1.2 (B) Economic Empowerment:
i) Skill Development:
a) Seekhoaur Kamao (Learn & Earn).
b) USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/ Crafts for Development).
c) Nai Manzil- A scheme to provide education and skill training to the youth from Minority Communities.
ii) Concessional credit through National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC).
1.3 (C) Infrastructure Development:
Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakaram (PMJVK).
1.4 (D) Special Needs:
i) Nai Roshni - The scheme for leadership development of Minority Women.
ii) Hamari Dharohar - A scheme to preserve rich heritage of minority communities of India under the overall concept of Indian culture.
iii) Jiyo Parsi - Scheme for Containing Population Decline of Parsis in India.
iv) Waqf Management -
a) Qaumi Waqf Board Taraqqiati- Scheme (Scheme of Computerization of Records and Strengthening of State Waqf Boards)
b) Shahari Waqf Sampatti Vikas Yojana (Scheme for Grants-in-Aid to Waqf- Development of Urban Waqf Properties)
v) Research/ Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Schemes Including Publicity.
vi) Haj Management.
1.5 (E) Support to institutions:
i) Corpus Fund to Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF)
ii) Equity to National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC)
iii)Grant-in-Aid Scheme to State Channelising Agencies of National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation.
2. Organisation Structure of the new Cell of Minority Affairs:
For smooth functioning and to discharge the activities of the new Cell of Minority Affairs one specific Officer of Planning Department may be assigned to look after the Cell.
3. This has the approval of the Cabinet vide Cabinet Secretariat (Cabinet Cell) office Memorandum dated September 3, 2019.