|Major Recommendations and the Implementation of the Sachar Committee Report|
Major recommendations of the Report on ‘Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community of India’, prepared under the Chairmanship of Justice Rajinder Sachar include the following:
(i) Access of Education – Providing free and high quality education to children up to the age of 14, opening government schools in Muslim concentration areas, awarding scholarships, modernisingMadarasas, etc.,
(ii) Access to Credit – Promoting and enhancing access to Muslims in Priority Sector lending, open more branches in Muslim concentration areas, promote micro finance among women, etc.
(iii) Skill Development – Opening ITIs and Polytechnics to focus on high growth potential in the Muslim concentration areas.
(iv) Special Area Development Initiatives – Villages/ towns/ habitations to be provided with basic amenities, good quality government schools, health facilities, etc. for all poor including Muslims.
(v) Wakf – better utilization of wakf properties, etc.
(vi) Measures for Affirmative Action – Setting up of Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC), National Data Bank (NDB) and Assessment and Monitory Authority (AMA).
Giving this information in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today, Shri Vincent H. Pala, Minister of State for Minority Affairs, said that the recommendations are being implemented by concerned Ministries/ Departments of the Government.
Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership (Highlights) Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju , will release a report Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership in New Delhi tomorrow, 20 th November, 2012. Ministers of State for HRD, Sh Jitin Prasada and Dr Shashi Tharoor would also be present on the occasion. This focused Report attempts to give an analytical and detailed account of the reading habits of the literate youth in the north-eastern states and their exposure to different forms of media, and how diverse socio-economic and motivational factors impact their reading habit. The reading of ‘leisure or non-text books’ among the literate youth is the special focus of the study. The Report is a follow-up study of the National Youth Readership Survey (2009-10) assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) by the NBT under the National Action Plan for the Readership Development amon