The Central Government has told the Supreme Court that the welfare schemes run for religious minority communities are legally valid. The government says these schemes are focused on reducing inequality. These schemes do not violate the rights of Hindus or other communities. According to news agency PTI, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition which has argued that religion cannot be the basis of welfare schemes.
The government has said in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that the welfare schemes run by us are focused on reducing inequality among minority communities and improving the quality of education. Not only this, they are focused on bridging the gaps in employment participation, efficiency, and enterprise development. The affidavit also states that the plans are not against the principles of equality enshrined in the Constitution. These are legally valid. These schemes make such provisions by which disability can be removed.
The government says that through these schemes the disadvantaged, deprived children of minority communities are helped. The central government has said that its welfare schemes are only for the weaker sections of minority communities, deprived children, candidates, women. These are not for all persons belonging to minority communities. The petition, filed by Neeraj Shankar Saxena and five others, said that welfare schemes cannot be run based on religion.