Centre committed to development of minorities: Naqvi

Vadodara: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi expressed concern over the poor financial status of minorities in the country, saying the Centre's initiative 'Mission Empowerment' is working towards the development of minorities, focusing on employment and education.

Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, told reporters at Harni Airport here last evening that it is sad that over 50 per cent of minorities are living below the poverty line, but the Centre is committed to the development of every section of society.

"Our 'Mission Empowerment' (initiative) is focused on development of minority communities in all states. I have been discussing with the state governments on issues and implementation of minority welfare programmes...be it employment, education infrastructure, and scholarships," he said.

"We are against any negative agenda. We are for good governance only. We will not allow anyone to dent our agenda," he said.