In over 6,000 complaints in three years, no hate crimes, says minorities panel

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Around 6,200 complaints were received over the last three years by the National Minority Commission, a statutory body to implement safeguards for the protection of the interests of minority communities across the country.

Around 70% of the complaints were from Muslims, and over 40% of the grievances were classified under the category of “law and order,” and there was none classified as “hate crime,” the ministry of minority affairs said in Parliament on Monday.

In its response to a question by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha on the number and nature of complaints received by the minority commission since 2018, the government said there were five complaints that have been classified under “cultural rights” and 146 under “religious rights.” Eighty three complaints were against police officials and 20 against administrative officials while 133 were related to Wakq matters, 335 to service matters, 192 under educational matters, and 119 were land disputes. Nearly 1,344 complaints received were clubbed under “routine matters.”

In 2018-19, the NCM recieved 1,871 complaints while in 2019-20 the number was 1,670. In 2020-21, it received 1,463 complaints while in 2021, till November 22, it received 1,234 complaints. The NCM, the ministry of minority affairs said has conducted 115 hearings in the last three-and-a-half years to enquire whether the complaints were genuine or false. While 4,543 complaints were from Muslims, 456 were from Christians, 481 were from Sikhs, 203 from Jains, 152 from Buddhists and 15 from Parsis, the government’s response said.

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The body calls for a report from the concerned authority and summons them, if necessary, and thereafter makes suitable recommendations or forwards the complaints to the appropriate authority for taking necessary action, officials said, adding, the complaints concluded as propaganda, false, frivolous, and anonymous are closed.

The government also said the budget for development of minority communities has been enhanced from ‘3,130.84 crore in 2013-14 to ‘4,810.77 crore in 2021-22. Additionally, the education scheme for Madrasa and minorities has been transferred from the education ministry from the year 2021-22 for which an additional amount of ‘174 crore has been allocated. A large chunk of the ministry’s budget, almost ‘508 crore goes in infrastructure development in minority-dominated districts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), apart from employment and education-related schemes, the ministry said.

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