More than 69,000 persons have been covered under Nai Roshni Scheme so far during the current financial year. The Ministry of Minority Affairs is implementing three specific schemes for the welfare of minority women under the “Nai Roshni” that endeavours to provide leadership development of minority women, especially for development of women belonging to notified minority communities like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains.
The government said that 58,725 women were covered in 2015-16, and 71,075 women were covered in 2014-16. A report of the High Level Committee on the social, economic and educational status of the Muslim community of India (popularly known as the Sachar Report) had highlighted the fact that India’s largest minority group, the Muslim numbering 13.83 crore, have been left out of the development trajectory and within this group Muslim women are doubly disadvantaged.
Keeping this in view, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs reformulated the scheme in 2011-12 and renamed it as “Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women.” Its implementation began in 2012-13. The aim of the scheme, which is taken forward by select NGOs, is to empower and instill confidence among women by providing knowledge, tool and techniques for interacting with Government system and others at all levels.
Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship for Meritorious Girls belonging to minorities is implemented through Maulana Azad Education Foundation. Mahila Samridhi Yojana is implemented through National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) wherein skill development training is imparted to group of women in women friendly trades.
Training period is of maximum six months and raw material cost of up to Rs 1,500 per trainee and stipend @ Rs 1, 000 per trainee is provided. During training, women form into self-help groups, with infusion of micro-credit maximum up to Rs one lakh per member for the purpose of using the skill developed during the training, for income-generation activities.