Ministry of Minority Affairs was created by Government of India on 29th January, 2006 with a mission to ensure a focused approach towards issues relating to the minorities and to facilitate the formulation of overall policy, planning, coordination, evaluation and review of the regulatory framework and development programmes for the benefit of the minority communities. The Ministry has a huge responsibility to ensure development and growth of 220 Million plus minorities of India.
Ministry aims for inclusive development of six notified minority communities namely Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains who constitute about 18.42% of the total population of India as per 2001 census.
Ministry has taken actions for the welfare of minorities by ensuring Access to Education; Skill Development; Access to Credit; Special Area Development Initiatives; Measures for affirmative action; Wakf Related issues; and Other Miscellaneous Issues.
Ministry has adopted a multi-pronged strategy for development of minority communities with focus on educational empowerment; area development; economic empowerment; women empowerment; development of vulnerable minority communities and strengthening of minority institutions.
Among various initiatives, Ministry has launched a unique scheme with the name "Jiyo Parsi" in 2013-14. The scheme is for containing population decline of Parsis in India. The scheme will provide financial assistance to Parsi married couples for medical treatment under standard medical protocols and also focus on advocacy/ outreach programmes to generate awareness among Parsi population for lineage enhancement. The scheme will be implemented with the help of Parzor Foundation, Bombay Parsi Panchayat and local Anjumans. For 12th Five Year Plan, Ministry has earmarked Rs.10.00 Crore under the scheme.