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Ministry of Minority Affairs
Agency overview
Formed29 January 2006
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNew Delhi 110084
Annual budget3,097.10 crore (US$390 million) (2023-24 est.)[1] including National Commission for Minorities
Agency executives
Child agency

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[2] under Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.[3]

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi assumed the office as a cabinet minister for Minority Affairs on 4 September 2017.[4] 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.[5] The Minister in charge is also Chairperson of the Central Wakf Council, India, which manages the running of the State Wakf Boards.[6] 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.[7][8] 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.[3]

Linguistic Minorities, according to Indian Constitution should have a Special Officer appointed.[9]

Constitutional Article: 350B.

  1. There shall be a Special Officer for linguistic minorities to be appointed by the President.
  2. It shall be the duty of the Special Officer to investigate all matters relating to the safeguards provided for linguistic minorities under this Constitution and report to the President upon those matters at such intervals as the President may direct, and the President shall cause all such reports to be laid before each House of Parliament, and sent to the Governments of the States concerned.[9]

It is to be decided based on states as the states have been formed on linguistic basis.[citation needed]


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.[10]

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

List of Ministers of State

Ministers of State For Minority Affairs
Name Portrait Political party Term Years
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


Schemes & Scholarship Programmes


  1. ^ "MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS : DEMAND NO. 66" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Extraordinary Gazette of India Notification" (PDF). Govt. of India. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Ministry Of Minority Affairs" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2010.
  4. ^ "About the Ministry",, archived from the original on 25 December 2018, retrieved 25 December 2018
  5. ^ Allocation of Business Rules, archived from the original on 25 December 2018
  6. ^ "Members". CFC website. Archived from the original on 4 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "MOMA SCHEMES post matric guidelines" (PDF). GOI. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Constitutional Provisions". National Commission for Minorities. GOI. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Organizational Setup | Ministry of Minority Affairs | Government of india". 9 February 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Jiyo Parsi - Scheme for containing population decline of Parsis",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  12. ^ "Nai Roshni - Scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  13. ^ "Nai Manzil - An Integrated Education and Livelihood Initiative for the Minority Communities",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  14. ^ "Nai Udaan - Support for minority students clearing prelims exam conducted by UPSC, State PSC and SSC",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  15. ^ "Seekho aur Kamao (Learn & Earn) - Scheme for Skill Development of Minorities",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  16. ^ "Hamari Dharohar - A scheme to preserve the rich heritage of Minority Communities of India under the overall concept of Indian culture",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  17. ^ "Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  18. ^ "Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  19. ^ "Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  20. ^ "Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students",, retrieved 25 December 2018
  21. ^ "Padho Pardesh- Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of india". Ministry of Minority Affairs. Retrieved 28 May 2019.