The Ministry of Minority Affairs has adopted a multi-pronged strategy for development of minority communities with focus on educational empowerment; area development; economic empowerment; women empowerment; development of vulnerable minority communities; and strengthening of minority institutions.
For wider expansion of the skill development programmes, Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS) has been established under the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) to upgrade skills of minority youths and place them within India and overseas. MANAS has also signed MoU with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Sector Skill Councils of Health, Security, Leather, Logistics and Media & Entertainment. To bring the programme forward, a regional office has been opened at Chennai recently. More regional offices are likely to be opened in Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati.
Simultaneously, the ministry is running Seekho aur Kamao (Learn and Earn) for skill development of the minority communities. The scheme ensures minimum 75 percent employment of trained minority youths and out of them 50 percent are in organised sector. Post placement support to trained youths for one year is mandatory for project implementing agencies.
The ministry, through National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC), a Central Public Sector Enterprise, has signed a MoU with Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) on imparting ‘Driver’s Training to persons belonging to minority communities. So far, 2515 candidates have been trained under this programme in five states Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.