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IDMI scheme for minorities, whither the public good

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on December 27, 2012

The Congress led UPA government’s flagship inclusive platform is called the “Prime Ministers 15 point Minority Program”. This program provides for a specific (15%)  set-asides of all schemes and exclusive benefits. Here is the official release from Press Information Bureau

The new programme envisages location of a certain proportion of development projects in minority concentration areas. It also provides that, wherever possible, 15% of targets and outlays under various schemes should be earmarked for the minorities. The schemes of Ministry of Minority Affairs covered under this Programme are meant exclusively for minorities.

Source : pib.nic.in (emphasis  mine)

Now there are several programs in the 15 point agenda that are of interest only to minorities. They include advances to  Wakf management, improvement of Urdu teaching, Madrassa modernization and so forth. One could make a case  for investment into these goods. They might serve a national interest such as streamlining administration or pulling back radicalization of Madrassas by injecting a public component into their revenue sources. Non minorities have no interest in these goods.

What should stun everyone is that 12 of the 15 schemes are simply public goods that every citizen of India is interested in.  Schools, roads, houses, scholarships,  and employment loans. It is a fundamental departure from any concept of a modern  state to alienate such goods on the basis of religion.  The state cannot create such goods and not make it available to everyone.

Modi is the only Indian leader to stand up to it

Is Modi the only secular (original meaning) leader  in India ?

Is he the only secular (original meaning) leader in India ? Pic : India Today

One of the many schemes under the banner of the PMs 15-Point Minority Program  is a pre-matric and post-matric scholarship program.  This is a vast program benefiting 50 Lakh minorities at a cost of Rs 650 Cr per year.  All states have implemented this scholarship that excludes the majority community without a whimper. All except one.  Modi’s government has refused to implement this even if that meant giving up the crores of money from the centre. This is the bone of contention in a case currently under consideration in the Gujarat High Court. Kartikeya Tanna has an excellent analysis of the case on Firstpost.  The conditions for availing of these scholarships, which we should not forget are created out of general tax payer money, was that the child had to belong to Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, or Parsi.  The Gujarat HC struck down the 15-point scholarship program on the ground that other things being equal a Hindu student cannot access this good. The case is now in front of a 5 judge bench of the Gujarat High Court pending a ruling.

A common technical defence is that after an allocation has been made to  a certain ministry it should be allowed to spend for welfare of whomsoever  it chooses fit.  If you alienate a public  good, irrespective of the mechanism you used, such as slotting it under a  Minority Affairs Ministry head,  that  should not be allowed.  You only have to walk a few steps ahead.  Assume that this ministry decides that the best way is aid their community members is to refund their income tax.  This would result in a differential tax rate for different religions. That would instantly be recognizable as an undesirable thing. Yet these religious appropriations have those properties.  Another example is the creation of Tipu Sultan Minority University and three others.  Rahman Khan who runs minority schools and is also the Minority Affairs Minister arrogantly claims “..no point in opposing the move“.

In the rest of this post, we will throw some light on one of these schemes called IDMI.

IDMI – Infrastructure Development for Minority Institutions

IDMI is a scheme under the Human Resources Development created with 125 Crores in the 11th 5 year plan and poised to increase further in the 12th 5 year plan. Here is that this scheme does :

The scheme will fund infrastructure development of private aided or unaided minority institutions to the extent of 75% and subject to a maximum of Rs. 50 lakhs per institution for strengthening of educational infrastructure and physical facilities in the existing school including (i) additional classrooms, (ii) science / computer lab rooms, (iii) library rooms, (iv) toilets, (v) drinking water facilities and (vi) hostel buildings.. etc

Source : India.gov.in

In short, minority schools even unaided can apply for upto Rs 50Lakhs from the central government. These applications will be scrutinized and approved by a body called GAIC to which the HRD will appoint two members belonging to the minority community.

Last week, the Times of India carried this report about how this scheme works on the ground in Kerala.

Though the scheme will fund infrastructure development of private-aided or unaided minority institutions to the extent of 75% and subject to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh per institution, the state has even recommended for funds even thrice the maximum limit prescribed under the scheme.

While the state received Rs 5.59 crore in the first year under the scheme, the amount has increased to Rs 25.9 crore last year, which, according to the figures with the ministry of human resource development, is the highest amount disbursed under the scheme for any state under the scheme.

Source : Schools clamour for grant in aid to improve infrastructure

In 2011-12, 154 minority schools in Kerala both aided and unaided received Rs 54.18 Crores to fund improvements.  The data including the names of schools and amounts is available online on the HRD website.

Burdens and benefits

As a believer in secular liberal democracy, these adhoc waivers and tilts in the distribution of burdens shocks me.  A Hindu run school right across the street  is not only burdened with the vague and draconian Right to Education Act but is also deprived of even participating in these liberal grants created with public money. Ask any school principal how difficult is it to raise even 5 Lakhs,say for 10 new computers.  It is hard.  The flood of minority school applicants from Kerala for these grants attests to this fact.  Remember that under RTE, non minority schools are not even allowed to charge a development fee in order to execute these works. Recently DPS Pune was fined an astronomical Rs 22 Crore.

If this is your secularism, I want none of it.

Neither should you, as the gains from such partitioning will be short lived.

Q: Why did not hear about this scheme ? Not from the media, not from think tanks, not from intellectuals who live and breathe distributive justice.

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  1. Vijay Kumar (@m_vijayakumar) said, on December 28, 2012 at 3:31 am

    The 15 point program is a program for minorities (just like there are numerous programs for backward hindus, women/girlchild, poor etc). Why doesn’t Modi apply the same logic to all these programs? Looks like he wants to get some brownie points with his extremist supporters.

    • Mohanraj Cp said, on July 15, 2013 at 5:51 am

      Think like an Indian and behave like an Indian. Any program should be based on economic conditions only and not on caste or religion.

  2. pp_chn (@pp_chn) said, on December 28, 2012 at 3:41 am

    This has been ‘secularism’ all along. The Hindu masses are yet to wake up to this fact, because of Hindu liberals who villified the hardliners for so long. The Hindu liberals are now shocked that secularism is redistribution of Hindu wealth. They are as much guilty as the CON govt in this. Unless Hindus both the hardline, liberal varieties, vote for Polticians who are unapologetically Hindus, it’s game over for them in their homeland.

    • Vijay Kumar (@m_vijayakumar) said, on December 28, 2012 at 3:50 am

      Nation belongs to all sections of society and it is the policy that all weaker sections are taken care. Most of the schemes are for dalits. So taxes of richer muslims go for dalit scholarships etc too.

      • shadows said, on January 9, 2013 at 6:33 am

        There should be some scheme for richer Hindus too, shouldnt it ?
        “taxes of richer muslims” — How much tax is paid by Muslims ? And they get much lower interest rates for business, than Hindus !

        Now dont you think we should keep things simple, do away with all schemes for this jaati or that jaati, and move towards equal laws for all citizens ??

  3. pp_chn (@pp_chn) said, on December 28, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Jains are clubbed along with Hindus?

  4. Šumírån Kvs said, on December 28, 2012 at 3:56 am

    This is not the only attempt being made by this regime.On one hand we want next generations youth to think beyond caste and religious lines and on the other side you make the divide visible at such an early age.Guess the whole govt functionaries have taken it on to them to divide this country beyond the irreparable!

  5. rc said, on December 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

    1) Others cant have what Hindu Dalits have. This is where discussions on social justice in India have to start.

    2) Minorities have no history of oppression to begin with.

    3) Minorities run top businesses (Tata, Wipro, Ranbaxy, a majority of Bollywood). Sentiment is not against as evidenced by their dominance in ads. SRK/ Saif are the most sought after for product endoresements

    3) MInority interests are well protected – they control top media houses like NDTV, and are plugged very well into western media and intellectual circles.

    4) Top edu institutios from Stephens / Xavier / Loyola / AMU and schools at all levels are dominantly controlled by minorities

    This doesnt mean that some do not get left behind. Some Hindus get left behind too. The right platform for minorities in that position is to lobby and get included in the OBC list.

    Territorial partitioning such as Minority Blocks for special funds overseen/disbursed by a separate authority is what we are talking about under the MsDP program ( 14,000 Cr )

    • Vijay Kumar (@m_vijayakumar) said, on December 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

      >> 1) Others cant have what Hindu Dalits have. This is where discussions on social justice in India have to start.

      There are numerous programs of varying kinds, varying nature, varying magnitude etc for different sections for different reasons. No one said that all minorities should be treated exactly like dalits in all respects. The 15 point program does not do that equation.

      >> 2) Minorities have no history of oppression to begin with.
      >> 3) Minorities run top businesses (Tata, Wipro, Ranbaxy, a majority of Bollywood). Sentiment is not against as evidenced by their dominance in ads. SRK/ Saif are the most sought after for product endoresements

      Thats like saying hindus run top businesses, so no hindu needs any program. Yet, vast majority of all affirmative action is for hindus and perhaps some 70 or so percent of hindus have some affirmative action or the other. Majority of minorities are from same/similar backgrounds as hindu dalit/backward sections.

      >> 3) MInority interests are well protected – they control top media houses like NDTV, and are plugged very well into western media and intellectual circles.

      Not true. As all studies show, backward muslims are faring very bad, often worse then dalits. Vast section of minorities are from same/similar backgrounds as hindu dalit/backward sections, but dont get equal benefits, and face additional discrimination/exclusion on count of religion too.

      >> 4) Top edu institutios from Stephens / Xavier / Loyola / AMU and schools at all levels are dominantly controlled by minorities

      That is a very small section of edu institutions, catering to a few thousands perhaps, mostly used by Hindu elites, btw.

      >> This doesnt mean that some do not get left behind. Some Hindus get left behind too. The right platform for minorities in that position is to lobby and get included in the OBC list.

      Yes, but even there, there are complaints of communal exclusion, workarounds used to avoid taking muslims, unique issues faced on grounds of religion etc resulting the dismal state today (a huge population feeling left behind, discriminated and falling out of the system). As long as it is in reasonable/fair proportion (like it is with all other such programs for other sections), there should be no issue for anyone.

  6. rc2 said, on December 28, 2012 at 6:18 am

    > Majority of minorities are from same/similar backgrounds as hindu dalit/backward sections.

    NOBODY is from the same background as “hindu/dalit backward sections”.

    You are fascinated by some adhoc redistribution based purely on presumed lack of representation. Proof of disability is not required in your school of thought. If there are sections with poor parameters – they have to find space on the primary platform which is the OBC quota. If that means scrutinizing lists in states like Tamilnadu, then thats the way forward.

    Dalits have disability the others dont. Everything stops there. This is not to say there isnt a case for sub classifications there.

  7. Govind Ganesh Abhyankar, PUNE. said, on December 29, 2012 at 5:17 am

    In the name of secularism, minorities, SC/ST/OBC are being favoured for vote bank. Hindoos are being put down,harassed, even the prominent hindoo temples are being broughtg under Government control. Can Government do this for Mosques, & Churches? very poor hindoos don’t get any Govt. Support & are suffering. Reservation should be for monetarily backward people of all casts. As per Bharat Ratna Dr.B.R. Ambedkar the reservation was provided for 10 years only. But after 2 generations it is still continued, in the interest of vote bank & getting cheap popularity. This is our selfish, corrupt, shameless, Government, not bothered for Constitution of India, Gandhiji & his principles, because they are having numbers by default, and are beyond anybody’s control now. They think common man can be tamed in anyway, hence calm, innocent, sincere humanity loving people protesting against Government’s failure are being tear gassed and Lathi-charged. What a shame to the Governance by the people’s own Government?

  8. Jagdish Lakhani said, on December 29, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I do not see any justice .

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