//15-point scheme for minorities: Kalam

15-point scheme for minorities: Kalam

President’s Address offers dialogue to parties

New Delhi: Claiming to have restored "pluralism, tolerance and compassion," the Manmohan Singh Government used the President’s Address to Parliament on Thursday to announce that "a new 15-point programme for the minorities is under preparation."

In the President’s customary address to a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha at the beginning of the budget session, the Government not only showcased its achievements in internal security, economy management and foreign policy but also softly sent out a message to friends, allies and the Opposition that it would stay the policy course.

As for the programme for the minorities, he explained that it was aimed "at enhancing the social development of the minorities, especially the poor, modernise madrasa education, and provide financial support for entrepreneurship development and self-employment."

He mentioned about the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee, which would "recommend steps for their [minorities’] economic and social development and empowerment."