The National Integration Council, an apex physique mandated to combat communalism, casteism, regionalism and parochialism, has not met for almost eight years, ever because the Narendra Modi-led authorities got here to energy on the centre.
“Meetings of the National Integration Council are convened as per requirement from time to time. There is no regular or specified time interval for convening meeting of the NIC,” the Ministry of Home Affairs knowledgeable Lok Sabha as we speak.
The written reply by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, additionally said that the final assembly of the Council was held on September 23, 2013 — when the Congress-led UPA was in energy. “However issues of communal harmony and national integration are addressed continuously by the government,” Mr Rai added within the reply.
According to a background be aware of the Council on the Home Ministry web site, then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru convened the National Integration Conference in 1961 to seek out methods to fight the evils of communalism, casteism, regionalism, linguism and narrow-mindedness, and to formulate particular conclusions to be able to give a result in the nation. This convention determined to arrange a National Integration Council to assessment all issues pertaining to nationwide integration and make suggestions. The Council was constituted accordingly and held its first assembly in 1962.
The Council has held 16 conferences to date. Issues comparable to Kashmir and Punjab issues, the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, position and accountability of the media, equitable growth and removing of regional imbalances, promotion of feeling of safety amongst minorities and different weak sections and security of girls have been mentioned at these conferences.
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