|Formed||29 January 2006|
|Jurisdiction||Government of India|
|Headquarters||New Delhi 110084|
|Annual budget||₹3,097.10 crore (US$390 million) (2023-24 est.) including National Commission for Minorities|
The Ministry of Minority Affairs is the ministry in the Government of India which was carved out of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and created on 29 January 2006. It is the apex body for the central government's regulatory and developmental programmes for the minority religious communities and minority linguistic communities in India, which include Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains notified as minority religious communities in The Gazette of India under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi assumed the office as a cabinet minister for Minority Affairs on 4 September 2017. He served as the Minister of State for Minority Affairs when Najma Heptulla was the cabinet minister. Following Najma Heptulla's resignation on 12 July 2016, Naqvi was assigned the Independent charge of the Ministry.
The ministry is also involved with the linguistic minorities and of the office of the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, representation of the Anglo-Indian community, protection and preservation of non-Muslim shrines in Pakistan and Muslim shrines in India in terms of the Pant-Mirza Agreement of 1955, in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs. The Minister in charge is also Chairperson of the Central Wakf Council, India, which manages the running of the State Wakf Boards. Ministry of Minority Affairs provides Moma scholarship to minority community students of India every year. Moma Scholarship is a scholarship scheme of the Ministry of Minority Affairs initiated with the aim of supporting minority communities student who is not financially strong and wants to pursue higher studies in India. Minority communities in India includes Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains. The scholarship is awarded to the students by India Government through State Government/UTs. The scholarship is awarded for the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Linguistic Minorities, according to Indian Constitution should have a Special Officer appointed.
Constitutional Article: 350B.
It is to be decided based on states as the states have been formed on linguistic basis.
The Minister of Minority Affairs is the head of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India.
|S No||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Prime Minister||Political party|
|1||Abdul Rahman Antulay||29 January 2006||22 May 2009||3 years, 113 days||Manmohan Singh||Indian National Congress|
|2||Salman Khurshid||22 May 2009||28 October 2012||3 years, 159 days|
|3||K. Rahman Khan||28 October 2012||26 May 2014||1 year, 210 days|
|4||Najma Heptulla||26 May 2014||12 July 2016||2 years, 47 days||Narendra Modi||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|5||Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi||12 July 2016||6 July 2022||5 years, 359 days|
|6||Smriti Irani||6 July 2022||Incumbent||1 year, 6 days|
|Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi||Bharatiya Janata Party||9 November 2014||12 July 2016||1 year, 246 days|
|Virendra Kumar Khatik||3 September 2017||30 May 2019||1 year, 269 days|
|Kiren Rijiju||30 May 2019||7 July 2021||2 years, 38 days|
|John Barla||7 July 2021||Incumbent||2 years, 5 days|
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