Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi is an Indian politician and the current Union Minister of Minority Affairs. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2016.He became Minister of State for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs on 26 May 2014 in Narendra Modi ministry. After resignation of Najma Heptulla on 12 July 2016, he got independent charge of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.read more
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the term minority doesn't denote only Muslims and that there are five other notified minorities: Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Sikhs.
"The number of women Haj pilgrims going without mehram (male companion) has increased this year and stood at 2,340. Around 48 per cent of the two lakh Haj pilgrims from India are women," the minister informed.
"Ensuring socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities through '3Es' -- education, employment and empowerment -- is our target and we will work hard to achieve this goal," Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi had earlier said that Muslims do not suddenly become 'second class citizens' of India after BJP's lanslide victory in elections. Naqvi said that such statements do not help anyone and under PM Narendra Modi eveyone feels secured.
Rajya Sabha member Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday took oath as a Union Minister. He was previously the Union Minister of Minority Affairs.
Accusing Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress of trying to turn the state into a hub of "misrule and hooliganism", Naqvi said it was possible that the administration was not fully cooperating with the EC to maintain law and order during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
Terming the Congress a "history-sheeter" in "making mockery of poverty", he said the party should realise that "mountain of slogans" cannot get votes for it.
The entire world will have to unite to defeat the evil of terrorism by isolating those who support it, Naqvi was quoted as saying in a statement from his office.
The Modi government has built a “highway of development” by removing “speed breakers” posed by issues related to religion, region and caste, he said in a statement issued after the inauguration.
Playing down the exit of the TDP and RLSP from the NDA this year, Naqvi said those leaving for their “own political reasons” cannot be stopped.
Taking a swipe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his efforts to form a front to take on the BJP in 2019 polls, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday that the driver of the opposition alliance wagon doesn't even have a learner's licence and could drive it into a ditch.
“PM Modi has now forgotten to mention his pet schemes like Make In India, Skill India and others because all such efforts have been a big failure. Even a mattress is ordered from China for PM Modi's event,” said Raj Babbar.
On a day that marks 43 years since the Emergency was imposed, Naqvi said it was the "biggest blot on Indian democracy" with hundreds of people "killed and oppressed in jail".
After a gap of two years, Congress party will host an Iftar party here on Wednesday. It will begin in the evening. The party's last Iftar was hosted by then Congress President Sonia Gandhi in 2015.
Interestingly, on Monday, controversial Telangana BJP MLA T Raja Singh Lodh said that only those "begging for vote” host Iftar parties, declaring he would neither host nor attend such events.
Asked whether the Bharatiya Janata Party would need the support of allies, especially regional outfits, for the general elections, Naqvi said the BJP was committed to alliance partners right from the tenure of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Narendra Modi had handed over the 'chadar' to Naqvi on Saturday to be offered at the shrine.
The airfare from New Delhi to Jeddah and back, which was Rs 98,750 in 2013-14 as fixed by the UPA government, has now been reduced to Rs 71,853. Similarly, the airfare from Hyderabad would be Rs 65,766 instead of Rs 1,01,600 previously
"The school drop-out rate among Muslim girls, which is more than 72 per cent, is a matter of concern. To change the situation, the (Narendra) Modi government has focused on educational empowerment of Muslim girls," Naqvi said.
Naqvi said that the Narendra Modi government was working with commitment for "inclusive growth" which has ensured that all sections of the society, including minorities, are becoming an equal partner of the development process.