NEW DELHI: The Union Minority Affairs received Rs 4195 crore in the 2017-18 general budget, a rise of 9.6 percent from the previous year.
In the previous year, the allocation for the Ministry has been Rs 3,827.25 crore in 2016-17. Presenting the budget on Wednesday Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated a hike of Rs 367.75 crores to Minority Affairs budget.
The government has done away with the plan and non-plan heads of the budget instead this expenditure will be outcome based. The budget will be utilised in executing the umbrella schemes for minority communities like - Muslims, Sikhs, Jains Christians and Parsis.
The increased allocation has come as elections are pending in several states, most importantly in Uttar Pradesh. Last year the increase was a meagre Rs 89 crore.