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Ministry of Minority Affairs has only 7 Muslim employees out of total 74

BeyondHeadlines News Desk

New Delhi: In a startling revelation by office of Ministry of Minority Affairs, while responding to an RTI, only seven Muslim employees hold positions out of total 74 employees.

Out of seven Muslims, one is Joint Secretary, one Deputy Secretary, one ASO, one SRI, one MTS and one senior translator (Urdu).

The RTI was filed by Raqib Hameed Naik, a journalists, seeking information on the community wise breakup i.e Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsis and Hain along with their Rrank/position.

None from Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsis and Jain community occupy any position in the office of the ministry of minority affairs.

The RTI also asked to provide the community wise breakup of employees belonging to minority communities who were serving in the ministry of minority affairs during 2013-2014.

Surprisingly, the number of employees strength was same as that of 2016, with six Muslims and 2 Christians occupying different positions. Out of six Muslims, one occupied position of Director, one SRI, one MTS, one Sr. Translator (Urdu).

The revelation that only 10.8% employees in the Ministry hold positions reveals how even the Ministry meant to frame developmental policies for minority has a poor representation of employees from the communities it is meant to work for. The information was only provided after submitting first appeal.

(The story was first published at TwoCircles.net)

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