Government expands minority development plan to 308 districts from 196

-The Times of India

NEW DELHI: The BJP-led central government is expanding the reach of a scheme to improve socio-economic infrastructure for minorities in education, health and skill development from 196 to 308 districts of the country. From 27 states and UTs, the programme, which was last year allocated Rs 3,972 crore to be spent over three years, will now be implemented in districts across 32 states and UTs.

“Between 33% and 40% of resources under the PMJVK (Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram) would be specifically allocated for women-centric projects,” said the ministry of minority affairs, adding, “It is an attempt to reduce the gap between the national average and minority communities on backwardness parameters”. Put together, the additions represent a 57% increase in the coverage area.

The states with the highest number of districts which will benefit from the PMJVK are Uttar Pradesh (43), Maharashtra (27), Karnataka, Bengal and Rajasthan (16 each), Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala (13 each), Tamil Nadu (12), Madhya Pradesh (8), Haryana and Manipur (7 each) and Punjab (2).

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The Times of India, 3 May, 2018,

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