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Govt policy ensured record 131 minority youths selected in Civil Services: Naqvi


New Delhi, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said here on Monday that that the Modi Government’s policy of "Development with Dignity”, without any discrimination, has ensured that this year, for the first time after the Independence,record 131 youth from the minority communities , including 51 Muslims, have been selected in Civil Services. Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Naqvi said that last year also, 126 youths belonging to minority communities, including 52 Muslims, had been selected in the prestigious civil services. Mr Naqvi said the the Ministry of Minority Affairs has been running a large scale free-coaching programme for meritorious youths belonging to notified minority communities preparing for UPSC examinations. Through various institutions and organisations, the Ministry has been running coaching programmes, including “Nai Udaan”, “Naya Savera”, for minority youths preparing for Civil Services, other UPSC examinations, medical, engineering and administrative examinations, he said. An awareness campaign is also going on for the youths belonging to minority communities to ensure they participate in these examinations, through television channels, newspapers and different institutions and organisations. Mr Naqvi said last year, 1,099 people were selected in the Civil Services which include 52 Muslim youths, which was 4.5 per cent of the total selected. In percentage terms, 5.15 per cent of the total 990 successful candidates are Muslims this year. This year, there are six Muslims (which include three women) who have secured ranks in top 100. During 2017-18, as many as 105 youths from the notified minority communities who qualified prelims of Civil Services Exams, have been provided financial support under the “Nai Udaan” scheme. Mr Naqvi said that there was immense talent in minority communities, especially Muslim youths. But earlier governments did not put enough effort to create such an environment which would give them confidence. 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Government has given an atmosphere to protect and promote talent of youths from Minority communities which has resulted in such a large number of youths of the Minority community being selected in the top administrative services,' he said. Mr Naqvi said that the Ministry of Minority Affairs, after overwhelming response and encouraging results of free-coaching schemes during the past three years, has made these free-coaching schemes more easy, convenient, accessible and encouraging for meritorious youths. “Nai Udaan” and “Naya Savera” schemes have been revised during last year and rate of financial assistance on qualifying UPSC prelims has been increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. Under “Naya Savera” programme, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has also been working with reputed institutions and organisations to provide free-coaching to Minority youths.

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