Is the Modi government likely to scrap the Ministry of Minority Affairs?

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Modi’s government is likely to scrap Minority Affairs Ministry. But the schemes will continue. A secular nation does not require a minority affairs ministry.

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Right-wing supporter Kishore K Samy tweeted on October 3, 2022, that the Modi government is likely to scrap Minority Affairs Ministry, but the schemes will continue and there is no need for a minority affairs ministry in a secular country. And he mentioned this as good news to come.

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Prior to this, Deccan Herald published a news article titled “Modi govt likely to ‘scrap’ minority affairs ministry” on October 3. Swarajya, a right-wing website, has also reported this news.

What is the truth?

The Ministry of Minority Affairs was formed in 2006 during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime.

Six religions including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains have been declared minorities by the Union Government. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing various social and economic welfare schemes for them.

There is no official news or announcement from the Union government regarding the abolishment of the Ministry and that it will be merged with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and proceeds to continue the scheme from the new Ministry.

The PIB (Press Information Bureau) tweeted that the media report published in Deccan Herald is false. It is mentioned that no such proposal is under consideration.

It is to be noted that in the meeting of Vishwa Hindu Parishad held in Gujarat on June 24, 2017, a resolution was passed saying, “The National Commission for Minorities and the Ministry of Minority Affairs should be scrapped”.

Conclusion

In our search, we find that it is rumoured that the Modi government is going to scrap the Ministry of Minority Affairs and merge it with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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