New Delhi, March 24: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that “Hunar Hub” will be established in all the states to provide market-opportunity master artisans belonging to Minority communities to preserve and propagate their heritage. Minister Naqvi said this while addressing the conference of Principal Secretaries/Secretaries-In charge of minority welfare in states/UTs to review the progress of implementation of Multi-Sectoral Development Programme, scholarships & other schemes of Minority Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.
Minister Naqvi also said that a “data bank” of artisans/craftsmen from Minority communities is being prepared. He also informed that the government launched a campaign for the development of art/skills of artisans to upgrade them as per modern demands. He said that the states should send proposals to the Ministry of Minority Affairs regarding “Hunar Hub”. The Ministry’s aim is to establish “Hunar Hub” in at least two dozen states where “Hunar Haat” and other social-educational and skill development activities will take place.
Minister Naqvi further stated that two “HunarHaat” organized by Ministry of Minority Affairs have been hit among the national and international visitors. “HunarHaat” has become an effective medium to provide an opportunity to the master artisans to showcase their rich heritage before the people not only from the country but also from foreign nations.
The Minister said that during last six months, the Ministry of Minority Affairs also approved more than 200 “SadbhavMandap” and about 24 “Gurukul” type of schools with a cost of about Rs 262 crore. “SadbhavMandaps” will be used as community centres for various cultural-social-educational activities as well as relief centres during a calamity.
Naqvi said that strengthening the Swacch Bharat Mission, the Minority Affairs Ministry has taken an important decision. Toilets will be constructed in one lakh Madrasas across the country. This is a part of “3T”- Teacher, Tiffin, Toilet for Madrasas. The states have a crucial role to play in this programme.
Minister Naqvi concluded saying that government efforts for educational empowerment of Minorities include establishing “Garib Nawaz Skill Development Centre”, “Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship” for girls, and establishing 500 quality residential schools and job-oriented skill development centres.
Notably, the purpose of this conference was to review the efficacy of the various schemes of the Ministry implemented during the 12th Five Year Plan and to seek suggestions from the states for their implementation during the remaining period of the 14th Finance Commission.