Q. Consider the following statements regarding National Commission of Minorities (NCM)
1. It is a constitutional body
2. The Commission will evaluate the progress of the development of minorities under the Union and States
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
Recently, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has informed that the erstwhile Minority Commission had recommended for setting up of a Committee to establish a National Integration-cum-Human Rights Commission for promotion of secular traditions and national integration.
About the National Commission of Minorities(NCM):
- National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is a statutory body set up in 1993 under the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Act, 1992.
- Section 2 of the NCM Act stipulates that ‘Minority’ for the purposes of the Act means a community notified as such by the Central Government.
- Initially, five religious communities namely Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Zoroastrians(Parsis) were notified as minority communities. In 2014, Jains were also notified as another minority community.
Functions of NCM:
- evaluate the progress of the development of minorities under the Union and States;
- monitor the working of the safeguards provided in the Constitution and in laws enacted by Parliament and the State Legislatures;
- make recommendations for the effective implementation of safeguards for the protection of the interests of minorities by the Central Government or the State Governments;
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