Equality for one and all

The Indian constitution is committed to the equality of all citizens of India and it prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. It is the responsibility of the State to preserve, protect and assure the rights of minorities. The United Nations Declaration on the Human Rights of persons belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities enjoins states to protect the identity of such minorities within their respective territories and also to encourage conditions for the promotion of that identity.

Appropriate emphasis is, therefore, required to be given to protect the interests of minorities and ensure that they do not lag behind in the progress and development of the society. On 23 October, 1993 Government notified Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zorastrians (Parsis) as “minority communities” under clause [C] of Section 2 of the NCM Act, 1992.

The International Information Resource Centre has just released Database of Government Funding Schemes for NGOs/Institutions on CD-Rom edition. This is a first database of its kind which covers all Government Financial Schemes in all the sectors including the policies, guidelines, notifications, circulars and press releases, application forms, declarations, specimens, and hundreds of schemes of Government of India.The database of Government of India schemes is an outcome of a survey of all Government institutions and departments during the last five years. The International Information Resource Centre has taken pains to collect details of hundreds of Government funding schemes.

Government at both Central and State levels encourages particulars of the NGOs in developmental and welfare activities. Certain approved programmes are implemented through NGOs. International Information Resource Centre has published a 850-page e-book on the Government of India schemes and centrally sponsored schemes. The database of Government of India schemes is an outcome of a survey of all Government Institutions and Departments during the last 3 years.

Sheikh Gulzaar, Srinagar

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 January 2010 on page no. 2

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