State to train candidates from minority communities

The state government will coach 4,000 aspiring candidates from minority communities for the Maharashtra Public Services Commission Examination and other competitive tests. The move is aimed at increasing their representation in government jobs.

Minorities Affairs minister Naseem Khan said according to Sachar Committee and Justice Ranganath Mishra Committee reports, minorities constitute only four per cent of jobs in the government sector.

Last year, state government started pre-examination coaching for minorities at five institutes for Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Services. "Despite these efforts, the number of minority candidates is still small. To increase the tally, Maharastra will undertake coaching of 4,000 students from minorities. Maharashtra is the first state to do so," said Khan.

About 250 candidates will be trained for UPSC, 750 for MPSC, 400 for banking, 600 for engineering and medical CET, 1,000 for Std X fail, 1,000 for Std XII fail and the rest for MBA and vocational courses. Within MPSC, training for class one posts will be given to 250 students and the rest will be trained for class two and three posts.

Training will be held in Mumbai, Thane, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune and Nashik. A provision of Rs 5.5 crore has been made for the same, Khan said.

Khan said to let minorities avail of basic infrastructure facilities, gram panchayats that have more than 100 residents from communities would be given a grant of Rs 10 lakh each. Also, Rs 19 crore has been set aside for constructing a Haj House in Aurangabad, he said.

Speeding up

Educational trusts wishing to apply for minority status on the basis of religion and language will now be able to apply online at www.mdd.maharashtra.gov.in.

There are 2,074 trusts having minority status in the state and applications of about 100 are pending at present.

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